vienna [Austria]January 3 (ANI): India and Austria signed several agreements including in the field of immigration and mobility during Foreign Minister S Jaishankar’s visit to Vienna. The two countries also signed an agreement on the working holiday scheme.
The migration and mobility agreement is the first such agreement Austria has concluded with any country with a visa regime and the second with a non-OECD country, the foreign ministry said in a press release.
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A working holiday scheme agreement “will allow Indians holidaying in Austria to find employment without a work permit for up to six months.” Other agreements signed between the two countries include visa waivers for holders of cultural and diplomatic passports entry fields.
It is worth noting that Jaishankar paid an official visit to Austria from December 31 to January 3. He also made an official visit to Cyprus from 29 to 31 December, before visiting Austria.
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Speaking at a joint news conference with Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, Jaishankar said: “We have already reached a number of agreements … I think it is particularly noteworthy that the Comprehensive Migration and Mobility Partnership agreement initialization as it will meet the demand for skills and talent in sync with their availability.”
Jaishankar pointed out that India has reached similar agreements with other countries, including France, Germany and Portugal. He said India was a staunch supporter of legal immigration and mobility. Jaishankar emphasized that India hopes to have “fair, legal and equal opportunities” to showcase the contribution of Indian skills and talents.
“As a country that seeks to make the most of the global workplace, India is a staunch advocate of legal immigration and mobility. Irregular mobility not only increases the vulnerability of those involved, but is inherently exploitative. We want a fair, legal and equal opportunity to showcase the contribution of Indian skills and talents,” Jaishankar said.
In his speech, Jaishankar further stated, “We currently have a trade volume of around $2.5 billion with more than 150 Austrian companies operating in India. We expect these numbers to grow significantly. It is our understanding that efforts will continue to be made through this year’s government-encouraged Business leads the meeting.”
During his visit to Austria, Jaishankar also met with Austrian President Van der Bellen and Austrian Speaker Sobotka. He also met the Austrian chancellor and held talks with the country’s foreign minister, Alexander Schallenberg. During the talks, the two sides discussed bilateral cooperation, regional and international issues.
In Austria, Jaishan Su attended the Austrian New Year’s Concert. This is his first visit to Austria as foreign minister and the first such visit by India in 27 years, the foreign ministry said in a press release. He also met with Bulgarian President Radev, who was also in Vienna.
During his visit, Jaishankar also held a joint meeting in the form of Slavkov with the foreign ministers of Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The four foreign ministers discussed Indo-European relations, their respective neighbours, and the conflict in Ukraine. He also held separate bilateral talks with Czech Republic Foreign Minister Jan Lipavski.
“EAM also held a joint meeting for the first time with Austrian Foreign Minister Mr. Alexander Schallenberg, Czech Republic’s Mr. Jan Lipavsky and Slovakian Foreign Minister Mr. Rastislav Kacer in the form of Slavkov,” the ministry’s foreign office said in a release.
Jaishankar also met with Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The two sides discussed further strengthening the IAEA’s cooperation with India in many areas, including combating climate change, healthcare and other nuclear applications for the benefit of society.
During the visit, Jaishankar also interacted with the Austrian Indian community on New Year’s Day. He also had contacts with prominent Austrians in foreign and strategic affairs, as well as with the Austrian media. (Arnie)
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