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Ukraine looms large on India Austria deliberations, PM Modi reiterates 'not the time for war', Austria offers site for dialogue

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In Vienna, PM Modi reiterated his stance that this is not the time for war. He was speaking to the media alongside Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer.

In Vienna, PM Modi reiterated his stance that this is not the time for war. He was speaking to the media alongside Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer.

PM Modi said," ...I have told earlier also, this is not the time for war, we won't be able to find solution to problems in the Warfield. Wherever it is, killing of innocent people is unacceptable. India and Austria emphasize dialogue and diplomacy, and for that, we are together ready to give any support required".

On his part Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer says, "Before his visit to Austria, PM Modi paid a visit to the Russian President. Therefore, it was particularly important for me to hear about the Prime Minister's personal assessment regarding the intentions of Russia in respect of the peace progress. Our shared objective is to achieve a comprehensive, just and permanent peace in line with the UN Charter. My cabinet has been in constant contact with the EU. Yesterday, I talked to Charles Michel on the telephone about potential perspectives and issues in this context. What is particularly important, is the support of EU for a free and prospering Ukraine. Austria is making a substantial contribution. We are supporting the policy of the EU on the one hand, but on the other hand we have also delivered 250 Million Euro in bilateral aid. For me, it was an important signal that India, as a founding member of the BRICS, participated in the Swiss Peace Summit...Today, we have been talking about an even stronger commitment and about the possibilities of reviving the peace process. PM Modi and myself discussed the unique position of India in the so-called global south. India is an important, influential and credit-worthy country. India is the biggest democracy in the world. Therefore, India's role, especially for Austria, is more than important when it comes to the peace process and future peace summits. As a reliable partner, Austria will be available as a site for dialogue, making use of its unique position as a neutral country - a member of the EU but not a member of NATO..."