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  • 25 August 2016

    "I am very happy that recent efforts to intensify Polish-Indian co-operation have led to a rise in trade turnover. Taking into consideration the huge potential of our bilateral relations I believe that these positive trends will continue into the future," said Deputy Foreign Minister Katarzyna Kacperczyk, who met with the Deputy Foreign Minister of India Sujata Mehta on 24 August, within the framework of Polish-Indian political consultations.

    The main topics of discussion included plans to organize a high-level state visit, economic co-operation and international fora. The two deputy ministers also discussed regional issues, including the migration crisis, Brexit, the crisis in Ukraine and the situation in the South Asia region.


     

    Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister presented her Indian counterparts with the decisions made at the NATO Summit in Warsaw. An important part of the meeting focused on bi-lateral issues. "Poland and India are currently negotiating nine bi-lateral agreements. I hope that today's meeting will help speed up this process," said Deputy Minister Kacperczyk. Among the agreements negotiated by both sides are deals relating to agriculture, social security and protection of classified information. 


     

    The deputy head of the MFA stressed  that Poland places great importance on developing economic relations with India. She also pointed out that a key issue for Poland is for Polish agricultural products to gain wider access to the Indian market.


     

    During the meeting Deputy Minister Kacperczyk thanked her Indian counterparts for India's decision to accept veterinary documentation, for milk and dairy products as well as fish products, among others. Representatives from the Ministry of Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Rural Development also took part in the talks.


     

    The previous political consultations held at the Deputy Foreign Minister level were held in New Delhi in 2008. Polish-Indian trade turnover was $2.207 billion in 2015. The trade turnover data for the first half of 2016  indicate a continuation of this growth trend.

     

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