India-EU relations are becoming increasingly security-focused, according to the EU's top diplomat

Stefano Sannino, the Secretary-General of the European External Action Service, emphasized that security has gained prominence in the EU-India partnership, especially in light of recent developments in the Indo-Pacific and the Red Sea regions. He highlighted the mutual interest in enhancing cooperation on hybrid and maritime security, given the evolving security landscape. Sannino noted the EU's keenness to bolster collaboration with India in the maritime domain, including through joint exercises and coordinated maritime presence in key areas like the Gulf of Guinea and the northwestern Indian Ocean.

Recent incidents in the Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Red Sea regions, such as attacks on merchant vessels by Yemen's Houthi rebels, have underscored the vulnerabilities arising from globalization. Sannino pointed out that these developments have led to a reevaluation of the security dimension and a deeper exploration of potential areas for cooperation between the EU and India. He expressed his intent to discuss avenues for strengthening security cooperation during his ongoing visit.

While acknowledging progress in economic and technological cooperation between the EU and India, including negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA), Sannino emphasized the growing recognition of the need for robust security relations amidst complex crises. This has prompted discussions on expanding cooperation in areas like hybrid, cyber, and maritime security.

Regarding the FTA negotiations, Sannino highlighted the EU's desire for an ambitious agreement that also facilitates market access and protects investments. He stressed the importance of finding a balance among different sectors and interests during the negotiation process. Although the EU's Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) isn't part of the current negotiations, Sannino emphasized its role in supporting the transition to a green economy.

India and the EU have established a Trade and Technology Council (TTC) to collaborate on cutting-edge technologies, with a particular focus on the digital domain. Sannino underscored the potential for collaboration in critical areas like quantum computing and artificial intelligence (AI), as well as efforts to diversify supply chains and reduce critical dependencies.

As Sannino's visit coincides with the anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, he emphasized the global significance of the crisis and the EU's commitment to supporting Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty. He highlighted the ongoing efforts to facilitate a peace conference and the importance of continued international engagement in resolving the conflict.

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