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India hails ‘landmark day’ as it joins IEA

India yesterday joined the International Energy Agency as an association country.

“We can’t talk about the future of the global energy markets without talking with India,” said Dr Fatih Birol, the IEA’s executive director.

“This is a major milestone in the development of global energy governance, and another major step toward the IEA becoming a truly global energy organization, strengthening ties with the key energy players that make up the IEA family.”

The announcement was made in New Delhi at a joint press conference with Birol, Piyush Goyal, India’s Minister for Power, Coal, and Renewables, and Dhamendra Pradhan, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas.

The IEA said India is “one of the bright spots of the global economy and is emerging as a major driving force in global energy trends, with all modern fuels and technologies playing a part”.

“This is a landmark day in terms of India’s engagement in global energy markets,” said Goyal. “IEA Association will help India plan better and serve the needs of Indians better, ensuring energy security for days and years to come.”

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