Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in a bilateral teleconference on March 16, 2021. In their first meeting, Prime Minister Marin and Prime Minister Modi held an in-depth discussion on concrete opportunities to deepen cooperation between their countries on many international issues.
Prime Minister Marin stressed the importance of gender equality, in particular the rights of women and girls in society and the economy. Prime Minister Marin spoke to Prime Minister Modi about a human rights perspective in Finland’s foreign policy and about Finland’s candidacy for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2022-2024 term.
In addition, Prime Minister Marin emphasized the role that high-quality education plays in society. India is currently preparing to reform its educational system, and in this area there are many opportunities for cooperation between Finland and India.
Prime Minister Marin and Prime Minister Modi discussed possibilities for intensifying bilateral relations in the areas of trade, investment, science, innovation and sustainable development. Between Finland and India, many partnerships have been built that promote, among other things, sustainable development and digitization.
During the discussion, opportunities for in-depth collaboration on new technology and digitization were identified, for example in relation to the development of 6G technology, quantum computer technology and artificial intelligence. Finland and India have a lot to offer each other in terms of benefit.
Combating climate change has been treated as an international issue and based on climate initiatives in India and Finland. The joint statement of Finland and India, published in connection with today’s meeting, cites, among other things, the India Initiative for the International Solar Energy Alliance (ISA), which will promote the use of solar energy, and the Finland and Chile Joint Initiative of the Climate Alliance of Finance Ministers.
The United Nations reform was also discussed. In this context, Prime Minister Marin stated that Finland supports India’s ambition to become a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
The meeting also dealt with relations between the European Union and India, which ministers will then have the opportunity to discuss in connection with the EU-India summit in Porto on May 8, 2021. Prime Minister Marin and Prime Minister Modi also briefly discussed regional issues, such as the situation. In Myanmar and Afghanistan, as well as cooperation in the Arctic and Africa.
Regarding today’s meeting, Finland and India issued a joint statement that emphasized, among other things, concrete efforts to deepen cooperation between the two countries and the importance of multilateral rule-based cooperation in the world.
The Prime Minister of Finland and the Prime Minister of India last met in connection with the Nordic India meeting in Stockholm 2018.
more information: Lauri Voionmaa, Special Officer of the Prime Minister (International Affairs), Tel: +358 50 421 0422, Office of the Prime Minister, Ari Tasanin, Counselor, Tel: +358 50 412 6881, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Anne Sjoholm, Head of Communications, European Union and International Affairs, tel.