During the last week of January, the India Foundation brought together young foreign policy leaders, diplomats and academics for a six-day workshop in New Delhi. The participants received first-hand insights into the diverse foreign policy of India. In addition to the German Ambassador, Indian Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj, and the recently retired State Secretary in the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, spoke at the successful seminar.
Ambassador Ney discussed with Member of Parliament, Dr. Swapan Dasgupta, as well as with the keen participants, the good relations that connect India with Germany and Europe. He stressed the importance of a free trade agreement for further deepening cooperation.
“Both sides, the EU and India, have a great interest in working together to shape globalization, which means setting the future rules of their trade and setting worldwide standards - otherwise others will. I will also personally support the early start of negotiations between the EU and India, ”said Ambassador Dr. Ney”. In terms of economic policy, India and the EU are in the same boat. The EU will remain India's main trade partner after Brexit. Germany is India's most important in Europe.“
India today is a pillar of stability in Asia and an outstanding partner of Germany and the EU in the region. ”When we talk about security, we first look at our natural allies. The world's most populous democracy is our preferred security partner in Asia. It is therefore all the more important to expand and deepen relations in all areas, from cultural policy to security partnerships in the Indian Ocean. This is the only way to turn the challenges of globalization into opportunities for all partners”, emphasized Ambassador Dr. Ney.