Prime Minister George Papandreou arrived in New Delhi, India, on Thursday 4 February 2010 to attend and address the 2010 Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) , the first major global meeting after the Copenhagen climate summit in December 2009. The theme of the three-day meet, being organized by The Energy Research Institute (TERI), was ‘Beyond Copenhagen: new pathways to sustainable development’. (Read Papandreou’s speech)
On the sidelines of the DSDS, George Papandreou had a series of bilateral meetings with world leaders who gathered in New Delhi to discuss climate change and green development, which was the central theme of the Summit, as well as the global financial crisis.
On this occasion, Greek Prime Minister met Thursday with Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and had talks covering a wide range of sectors pertaining to cooperation in the fields of construction, infrastructure, telecoms, e-governance, tourism, green technology, enhancing bilateral trade, and a direct air link between the two countries. He also invited him to visit Greece.
After the 40 minutes discussion of the two Premiers, Mr. Papandreou said, in an interview to the Indian newspaper The Economic Times, that he shared Mr Singh’s outlook on the economic situation and said he was taking steps to contain the crisis in his country. “He (Mr Singh) was talking about creating a system which will prepare our planet to spot these crisis’ before they break out and that’s why we are saying we have similar views concerning what G-20 should do. So we are counting on India,” he said.
The following day Mr. Papandreou met with the president of India’s Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi and her son and rising politician, Rahul Gandhi. He also had the opportunity – during his talks with the Indian government – to further boost diplomatic relations between the two countries and to seek new trade and economic partners.
This was the third official visit of Mr. Papandreou in India. He had visited this country previously as Minister of Foreigner Affairs in November 2001 and as the Chairman of the Socialist International in January 2007 in order to participate in the International Conference on Mahatma Gandhi’s vision and values in the 21stCentury (Read Papandreou’s speech) organized by the ruling National Congress Party on the occasion of the completion of 100 years since its foundation.
1. with the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
2. with the President of the Congress Party Mrs. Sonia Gandhi.
3. with the Secretary of the Congress Party Mr. Rahul Gandhi.