India, Spain hold bilateral meeting

On October 31, 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Spanish Counterpart Pedro Sanchez following the G20 summit in Rome.

Highlights

  • During the meeting, PM Modi invited more investments from Spain in India’s infrastructure projects.
  • Both the leaders exchanged their views on robust bilateral ties, regional and global issues of mutual interest. They also discussed the situation in Afghanistan & the Indo-Pacific.
  • They welcomed the growing bilateral trade and investment linkages such as signing of the contract for procurement of aircraft from Spain.
  • They agreed to further expand bilateral cooperation in areas like clean technology, e-mobility, deep sea exploration and advanced materials.
  • Leaders also exchanged views on India-European Union relations and climate change.

Spanish investments in India

  • During the meeting, PM Modi invited Spain to invest in several sectors in India such as green hydrogen, infrastructure and defence manufacturing.
  • He also asked Spain to take advantage of India’s National Infrastructure Pipeline, Gati Shakti Plan and Asset Monetisation Plan.

India’s view on Afghanistan

India raised concerns over situation in Afghanistan in the aftermath of Taliban takeover of Kabul in August 2021. India has underlined that, Afghanistan’s territory should not to be used to threaten or attack any country, to plan or finance terrorist attacks or to shelter or train terrorists.

C296 aircraft

India signed the contract for procurement of 56 C295 aircraft from Airbus Spain. Out of 56, 40 of which will be ‘Made in India’ in association with Tata Advanced Systems.

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