Denmark’s Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod met India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit.
Almost exactly a year after the former Danish Prime Minister, Lars Løkke, met his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, Kofod and Modi met at Modi’s residence on the sidelines of Raisina Dialogue 2020.
The Prime Minister welcomed Kofod alongside ministers from other countries to talk about India’s large-scale efforts for socio-economic development and its significance for the Sustainable Development Goals.
On his first day in India, Kofod visited the Barapulla water treatment site where IDCC member DESMI is contributing to solving some of India’s wastewater issues. Further collaboration on ensuring access to piped water for every household (Jal Jeevan Mission) led Kofod to a meeting with Minister of Water resources (Jal Shakti) Gajendra S. Shekhawat.
After having met several Danish companies in India, climate change was the focus of a meeting with President of Observer Research Foundation, Samir Saran. Discussions led to a common understanding that the combined skills of Denmark and India – and India’s immense opportunities f scale – pose a solid foundation for future cooperation to adress climate-related challenges faced by India.
As a celebration of the 400 years of formal relations between India and Denmark, Kofod visited the new Danish Embassy in Delhi. Here the official logo for the 4 century long bilateral relation was launched.
At the Raisina Dialogue 2020, Kofod in a speech again addressed the climate change and how it will change the landscape we live in. He stressed the importance of collaboration between public-private initiatives and collaboration between India and Denmark. Kofod acknowledged that both Denmark and India have the skills required to overcome the challenges ahead.
“In this global fight against climate change Denmark may be small in stature but as Hon’ble Prime Minister Modi has said: “Denmark has the skills; India has the scale.” And I would add that India certainly also has the skills. So, let us walk together, let us forge new sustainable paths, let us rumble the forests with large green footprints together.”
Concluding his formal visit, Kofod met India’s External Minister DR. S. Jaishankar to discuss the importance of a green strategic partnership collaboration, multilateralism and the global fight against terror.