PM Narendra Modi in Berlin, Merkel at FIFA final

The Indian delegation had done its groundwork for Modi’s first bilateral visit beyond the subcontinent.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: July 10, 2014 8:29 am
Merkel will not cross paths with Modi in Brazil either as the PM is going to Fortaleza, while she will be in Rio de Janeiro.  (Source: Reuters photo) Merkel will not cross paths with Modi in Brazil either as the PM is going to Fortaleza, while she will be in Rio de Janeiro. (Source: Reuters photo)

With German Chancellor Angela Merkel set to fly off to Brazil to watch the German football team play the FIFA World Cup finals, her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not take place as planned.

The Modi-led Indian delegation will be in Berlin for an overnight halt on July 13, when a meeting with Merkel was on the cards. From there, it will head to Brazil for the BRICS summit.

It is learnt the Indian delegation had done its groundwork for Modi’s first bilateral visit beyond the subcontinent. In the past, overnight halts by the PM’s plane have usually been in Frankfurt. However, because of the planned bilateral visit this time, the stopover was kept at the German capital, which is not a common transit point for the PM’s delegation when he travels to the US or South America.

It remains to be seen whether the Germans send a high-level minister or an official to pay a courtesy visit to the PM, in a bid to assuage the Indian side. Merkel will not cross paths with Modi in Brazil either as the PM is going to Fortaleza, while she will be in Rio de Janeiro.

Sources said arrangements for the Indian delegation’s stay have been made in a Berlin luxury hotel and the formalities for the landing of Air India One have been completed at Berlin international airport.

It is learnt that the Ministry of External Affairs was prepared for a meeting should Germany not make it to the final. During Tuesday’s media briefing, Syed Akbaruddin, spokesperson for the MEA, had said, “I see football fever is catching up with all of you and I understand we are all football fans. I find it very interesting that not only are you football fans but are interested in linking it up with diplomacy. Let me tell you the dates… the date will be the 13th and the PM will transit through Germany. As regards anything else, I have also said previously that should there be anything beyond a transit, we will certainly share that information with you. Until then it is what it is.”

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    NASAH (USA)
    Jul 9, 2014 at 11:35 pm
    First trip so disorganized or was it still a cold shoulder to a tainted leader?
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    GuestReader
    Jul 10, 2014 at 8:41 am
    Germans bigwigs don't care much for relationship with India. They are happy with the present status quo. Germany is China oriented and not India oriented ...It is just a different culture, mentality and atude..
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    GuestReader
    Jul 10, 2014 at 8:38 am
    Germans bigwigs don't care much for relationship with India. They are happy with the present status quo. Germany is China oriented and not India oriented ...It is just a different culture, mentality and atude....you can see this when you browse through the German Media esp. a mag called Focus
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    Norman Coelho
    Jul 10, 2014 at 7:50 pm
    Football is big deal and Merkel going to the World Cup finals is polictical and social issue - and must not be linked to her not wanting to meet with Modi . I am sure Modi will like what he sees common ground in Germany on his stop over -that he Modi strives for India ? A very organized and precision oriented society - I do not think German consider themselves as big wigs - They are very focused and India must engage with economies that are successful for the good of all Indian citizens
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    NLS
    Jul 10, 2014 at 5:05 pm
    There is hardly a point for Indian delegation to stop over in Germany now.
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