Foreign missions gear up to engage Narendra Modi government

Written by ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: May 17 2014, 14:52pm hrs
Even as heads of several countries sent their felicitations to the BJP and its Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi, foreign diplomats based in India also congratulated the Gujarat chief minister and hoped to bolster bilateral ties with the new government.

We like the clear cut results the elections have thrown up. France and India have a strong cooperation going in the areas of nuclear energy, space technology and in the defence sector and we expect to deepen those, said Franois Richier, Ambassador of France to India .

He added that France will engage with the new government on its views of how they envisage using nuclear power. India needs cheap electricity to grow and there is nothing that provides it better then nuclear and so this will be important for both of us.

With a landslide victory, the BJP is all set to form the Union government after a decade of the Congress-led UPA rule.

Driven by a largely economic manifesto, the new government would have to work on a series of free trade agreements (FTA) such as that with the European Union as well as bolster foreign investments in order to boost economic growth.

After signing the services FTA with the ASEAN, India is also now working on the Regional Economic Comprehensive Partnership with the bloc.

With ASEAN leaders set to attend the East Asian summit in Myanmar in June, the embassies of member-countries have also got in touch with the BJP leaders to encourage Modi to travel there.

Several embassies that The Indian Express contacted said they would begin interactions with the new government over the next week.