The German government has requested Government of India for a bilateral meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Berlin on July 13, diplomatic sources said here on Thursday. Efforts are underway to schedule the meeting between the two leaders.
Modi will be making a transit halt at Frankfurt on his way to Brazil to attend the two-day BRICS summit beginning July 15, and has already refused Brazilian President Dilma’s invitation to watch the FIFA World Cup final match on July 13.
Ministry of External Affairs’ spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, “When you travel trans-Atlantic or to Latin America, it is normal to have a transit halt. A transit halt is what is being planned for and that is where we are. If in the context of a transit halt, there is a request for any further interaction, at this stage that has not been decided upon… There will be a transit halt, both while going and coming back (from Brazil),” he said.
With annual bilateral trade in excess of 18 billion Euros, Germany is India’s biggest trading partner in Europe.