Polish PM holds talks with Indian leadership

India and Poland on Tuesday discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relationship.

Last Updated: Sep 07, 2010, 23:15 PM IST

New Delhi: India and Poland on Tuesday
discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relationship especially
in the fields of defence and trade and investment during a
series of meetings between Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk
and Indian leadership here.

Tusk, who arrived in Bangalore yesterday, held
delegation level talks with his Indian counterpart Manmohan
Singh and called on President Pratibha Patil. Tusk is a first
non-communist Polish Prime Minister to visit India on an
official trip.

After his meeting with Singh, the two sides inked
a pact to enhance cultural exchanges between India and Poland.
Tusk, who was accorded a ceremonial Guard of Honour at
the Rashtrapati Bhavan after arriving from Bangalore, will fly
to Agra tomorrow.

Earlier in the day, the Polish leader, who is
accompanied by his wife and senior government officials,
addressed industry leaders here at a luncheon meeting jointly
organised by the industry chambers which was aimed at
encouraging Indian investment in Poland.

Stating that he saw a lot of potential to enhance
bilateral ties, Tusk had yesterday said there isn`t even
"tiniest (adverse) reason" in the way of boosting the
relationship, which needs to be transformed into an
"exceptional" one.

"When we see the map of the world, European Union, we
can clearly see potential in boosting ties between the EU and
India," said Tusk, noting that next year`s EU-India Summit
would take place during the Polish presidency of the European
Union.

Besides, the economic relations, Indo-Polish military
cooperation has also witnessed manifold increase after the
visit of then Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee in December
2004 when the two countries set up a joint working group on
defence cooperations.

Negotiations are on between the companies from India
and Poland for joint ventures in defence field.

PTI