International Affairs



I have great pleasure in welcoming you to India and accepting the letters of credence from Her Majesty Queen Margrethe accrediting you as the new Ambassador of Denmark to India. I warmly welcome you to India and extend my felicitations on your appointment to this important position.

Relations between India and Denmark are historical and can be traced back to 17th century when Denmark set up its trading posts at Tranquebar in Thanjavur District in Tamil Nadu and Seerampore in West Bengal. Since then, continued interaction between our two countries and the peoples has led to better understanding of each other’s cultures.

Our cordial relations are based on the common pillars of respect for democratic values and institutions, rule of law with an independent judiciary and a free press, while our bilateral ties are marked by regular political contacts at all levels. The visit of our External Affairs Minister to Copenhagen in April this year provided an opportunity for a very useful exchange of views on a wide range of issues of bilateral and international concern. I am confident the momentum provided by this visit will be sustained in the future. We look forward to receiving Your Crown Prince in India in the near future.

Denmark would be taking over the Presidency of the EU in July next year at an extremely significant juncture. With the launching of the Euro in January 2002 and the step toward Common Security and Foreign Policy, Europe has taken major strides in becoming a major power to reckon within the world. Our relationship with the EU was institutionalised with the first India-EU Summit held in Lisbon in June last year. The second Summit will take place in New Delhi on 23 November 2001. We are looking forward to finalising dates for the third India-EU Summit in Copenhagen during the Danish Presidency of the EU in the second half of 2002. While providing an occasion to strengthen our strategic partnership with the EU the event would also serve to consolidate our bilateral relationship.

Bilateral trade and economic ties between our two countries have grown in recent years though there is considerable scope for further expansion. Simultaneously, there is also need to explore possibilities of greater cooperation in such areas as information technology, mobile telephony, windmills, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Regular exchange of business delegations would go a long way in cementing these relations.

Excellency, the terrorist attacks in United States of September 11, 2001 have dramatically underscored the fact that terrorism is a global menace transcending borders and regions. For over two decades India has waged a struggle against terrorism, particularly cross-border terrorism. We feel that in today’s world distance and time do not provide insulation from the reach of terrorism. Moreover, the lethal reach and destructive power of terrorism has been enhanced by linkages to illicit trafficking of drugs, small arms and money laundering on a global scale. We look forward to cooperating with like minded countries like yours in the global fight against this scourge of the 21st century. In this context, we hope for Denmark’s support for the early finalisation of the Indian Draft Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.

Excellency, we value our relationship with Denmark and hope that we can consolidate our relationship in the coming years through further initiatives in both the bilateral and multilateral spheres. I take this opportunity to convey through you warm greetings and good wishes on behalf of the Government and people of India and on my own behalf to Her Majesty the Queen, the Government and the people of Denmark. I wish you a successful and pleasant tenure in India. I also assure you of the fullest cooperation of my government in the discharge of your duties.

Thank you

Jai Hind