'Not An Era Of War': PM Modi Stresses 'Dialogue' Over 'Battlefield' Solutions For Ukraine During Austria Visit

PM Modi held extensive talks with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer to enhance bilateral relations and tackle global issues. In their joint statement, PM Modi emphasized, "This is not an era of war, and solutions can't be found on the battlefield. We both advocate for dialogue and diplomacy and will work toward this."
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PM Modi in Austria

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his landmark visit to Austria, stressed on the importance of dialogue and diplomacy while reflecting on the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, stressing that this was "not an era of war" and that "solutions can't be found on the battlefield". PM Modi engaged in comprehensive talks with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer to strengthen bilateral relations and address pressing global issues. While releasing the joint statement, PM Modi stated, "We both spoke about the world. I have already said, this is not an era of war and solutions can't be found on the battlefield. We both want the emphasis to be on dialogue and diplomacy. We both will work toward this."
PM Modi also underscored the need for UN reforms to better reflect the current world order, particularly in addressing terrorism.
Chancellor Nehammer reflected on the historical ties between the two nations, noting, "India helped Austria, and in 1955, the negotiations came to a positive conclusion with the Austrian State Treaty. What unites India and Austria is concern over the development of the geopolitical situation."
He further highlighted the discussions on the Russian aggression in Ukraine and the conflict in the Middle East, stressing the importance of understanding India's perspective and sharing European concerns.
The high-level talks included External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra.
The visit marks the first bilateral trip by an Indian Prime Minister to Austria in over four decades, the last being Indira Gandhi in 1983.
Upon his arrival in Vienna, PM Modi was warmly received by Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg and Indian Ambassador to Austria Shambhu Kumaran. He expressed his anticipation for the visit, stating on X (formerly Twitter), "Landed in Vienna. This visit to Austria is a special one. Our nations are connected by shared values and a commitment to a better planet."
The Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal noted the significance of the visit, mentioning, "PM @narendramodi arrives in the historic city of Vienna on his first bilateral visit to Austria. Welcomed by FM @a_schallenberg at the airport. As the two countries are celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year, this momentous visit will add renewed momentum to India-Austria ties."
During his visit, PM Modi was accorded a ceremonial reception and signed the Guestbook at the Federal Chancellery. He also attended a dinner hosted by Chancellor Nehammer, who expressed his pleasure at welcoming the Indian Prime Minister. "Welcome to Vienna, PM @narendramodi! It is a pleasure and honour to welcome you to Austria. Austria and India are friends and partners. I look forward to our political and economic discussions during your visit!" Nehammer posted on X.
The visit follows PM Modi's two-day official trip to Russia, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. This series of diplomatic engagements underscores India's active role in global geopolitics and its commitment to fostering international cooperation.
(With inputs from ANI)
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