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PM Modi congratulates new European Council President Antonio Costa

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended his congratulations to Antonio Costa on his election as the next President of the European Council.

In a post on social media platform X, PM Modi said, “Congratulations to my friend @antoniolscosta on being elected as the next President of the European Council. I look forward to working closely with you to advance the India-EU Strategic Partnership to greater heights.”

Costa, the former Prime Minister of Portugal, was chosen to succeed Charles Michel as Council President following recent EU Parliament elections. His appointment comes as part of a broader reshuffling of key positions within the European Union.

During a recent gathering in Brussels, EU leaders agreed on the bloc’s leadership for the next five years. Costa proposed Ursula von der Leyen as the candidate for President of the European Commission and nominated Kaja Kallas for the position of High Representative.

Upon accepting his new role, Costa expressed a strong sense of mission, thanking his socialist supporters and the Portuguese government for their backing. He emphasized his commitment to unity and advancing the EU’s Strategic Agenda.

The trio’s selection reflects the EU’s emphasis on political diversity, geographical representation, and gender balance in leadership roles. Costa’s heritage, with roots extending beyond Europe, also highlights a broader inclusivity in EU leadership.

Looking ahead, von der Leyen has initiated discussions with Socialist and Liberal groups to formulate a cohesive agenda for her next term. She expressed openness to broader parliamentary support to strengthen Europe’s resilience and influence globally.

(Inputs from ANI)

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