Development of Indo-German relations is fast, positive and clear: PM Narendra Modi in Berlin

Modi, who is in Germany as part of his four-nation tour, held talks with Merkel under the framework of India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: May 30, 2017 4:36 pm
 Narendra Modi, Modi in Germany, Narendra Modi Germany, Angela Merkel German Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi following a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany. Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke

Addressing a joint press conference in Berlin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday said they conducted a comprehensive review of bilateral relations and discussed new and upcoming opportunities and challenges in Asia, Europe and across the world. Modi, who is in Germany as part of his four-nation tour, held talks with Merkel under the framework of India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC). The two leaders believe there has been a quantum jump in Indo-German economic cooperation. They signed eight deals concerning various sectors.

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“Whether it be bilateral relations, humanitarian issues, regional or global issues, every discussion with the Chancellor has been very beneficial for me,” Modi said. “The pace of development of our relations is fast, the direction is positive and the destination is clear. Germany will always find India as a powerful, prepared and capable partner,” Modi added. This is Modi’s second visit to Germany since he became the Prime Minister.

Regarding climate change, PM Modi said, “It is our duty to secure the future of the next generation. India has taken on an ambitious project to generate renewable energy.” He added that climate protection and living in harmony with nature is a part of the ethos of India.

Merkel said India knows climate change is a major challenge for all of us. She added that India’s increasing use of solar energy is ‘impressive’. India and Germany’s collaboration in areas like renewable energy is gaining momentum.

The two leaders also spoke about the menace of terrorism. “Terrorism poses a grave threat to future generations. Humanitarian forces must unite to combat the menace,” Modi said. He also added that cyber-security must be addressed in real time.

“The threat terrorists poses in India and Europe. This is going to be placed on the G20 agenda,” Merkel added.

“India has proved to be a reliable partner. We have been able to deepen cooperation,” she said.

Regarding skill development, Modi said, “Germany’s extensive work in skill development, which has set the standards globally, can benefit the youth of India. India is giving an impetus to next-generation infrastructure and this is an area in which we want to work extensively with Germany. We have fast-tracked investments from Germany under the Make in India initiative.” He added that the India is also working with Germany to improve its sporting prowess, especially in football.

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The two sides signed a joint declaration of intent on cyber politics, development initiatives, sustainable urban development, continued development of cluster managers and skill development, cooperation in the field of digitalisation, cooperation in the field of railway security, promoting vocational training and continued cooperation on an Indo-German centre for sustainability.

Earlier today, Modi received a ceremonious reception in Berlin, where he is on a two-day visit. After his meeting with Merkel, he is expected to make a courtesy call to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. After his visit to Germany, Modi will head to Spain, Russia and France.

(With inputs from PTI)

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    Babu Lal
    May 31, 2017 at 5:16 am
    Germany is indeed an Aryan nation and histiory proves that the mighty Aryan Race moved from Central Asia and touchinf Northwestern Indian subcontinent Westwards. All Aryan origin languages are very closely related. Color can change for example Southern french, sourther Italians, etc. can be dark. In fact in the Punjab where the sun is very hot most people though of Aryan origin are pretty dark. Southern Iranians are also pretty dark. Thus race is not precisely connected with color. In the extreme south of India the Coorgis and Brahmins can be pretty light. Modi should have the guts to use this Aryan connection in Germany . and should not be afraid of his Semitic d of his Semitic friends in doing so. Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi has the guts to proclaim India as heart of the Aryan civilization so should Modi.
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      babu bhai chaddi wala
      May 31, 2017 at 1:36 am
      Mr.Modi is the best Prime Minister India had in the last 3, ( three ) years.
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        May 31, 2017 at 12:33 am
        One country.has buried fascism, another is embracing it.
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          Prof. Ghosh
          May 30, 2017 at 11:05 pm
          It must be noted that India is predominantly an Aryan nation (72 percent) while the Germans also belong to this great Race. Our language Sanskrit and German is extremely close as well. The Germans have always helped us technologically. Also note the HF-24 the first get fighter manufactured in Asia (if we ignore the Asian region of then USSR) was made by India with the help of Kurt Waldemar Tank. Also Adolf Hitlers’s (though Hitler w a fellow Aryan that does not mean I respect him) pilot Hanna Reitsch taught many Indians to fly. Let us be proud of the word Aryan and Swastika no power can remove this from our culture but let us not respect the s. The present Germans have nothing to do with s.
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            May 31, 2017 at 12:04 am
            You go an teach sanskrit in German. Don't spread ic research dian hate sanskrit. Your Chaddi PM (Photo Minister) is doing dunia ki sair from tax payer doller. Nothing achieved in 3 yrs. India's future is bleak now.
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            George Cruz
            May 30, 2017 at 10:36 pm
            India has to look for his own interests first and Modi courting German businesses especially in the area of high tech manufacturing (defense, IT, paramedical, etc) using Modi's novel concept of "make in India" to create many more jobs in India.
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