Politicians Talk

Politicians Talk – Monday 25/04/2022



Ursula von der Leyen  European Commission President 

The EU head and India’s PM Narendra Modi agreed on Monday to establish EU-India Trade and Technology Council at their meeting in New Delhi. Von der Leyen noted that strengthening the relations between the bloc and India is “a key priority for this decade.”


 Joe Biden – United States President

“France is our oldest ally and a key partner in addressing global challenges. I look forward to our continued close cooperation — including on supporting Ukraine, defending democracy, and countering climate change,” Biden tweeted, congratulating Macron on his second term in office.


Vladimir Putin – Russian President

Putin congratulated Emmanuel Macron on winning the presidential elections. “I sincerely wish you success in your state activities, as well as good health and well-being,” Putin wrote in a telegram directed to the French President, the Kremlin press service reported on Monday.


Miftah Ismail – Finance Minister

Pakistan seeks increase in size and duration of IMF program. “I’ve requested the fund and I think they have, largely, they’ve agreed to extend this program for another one year,” Reuters quoted Ismail as saying. “I’ve also requested that they enhance the funding available to Pakistan from $6 billion under this program to perhaps a little bit more.”