PM Modi completes German visit

Cheryl Sanders
May 30, 2017

President Donald Trump has criticized Germany once again for its large trade surplus with the US and its low contributions to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, saying this attitude is "very bad" for the United States.

Trump expressed his views on U.S. "We will also strengthen cooperation in cyber security and aviation security", Prime Minister Modi said while issuing a joint statement here.

Germany's outspoken top diplomat claimed that the Trump administration's controversial policies are undermining Western values and the worldwide order based on these values.

Speaking at a campaign event at a beer hall in Munich on Sunday, Merkel said: "The times when we could completely rely on others are, to an extent, over".

"That's of huge importance and in no way directed against any other relationships and certainly not against the trans-Atlantic ties, which have historically been very important for us and will remain so in future", she said.
"I have experienced this in the last few days", Merkel said.

Over the weekend, Germany's foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel said Trump's actions have weakened the West, according to CNN.

Modi will today hold formal talks with Merkel as part of the fourth India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC) where he will be joined by his delegation of senior ministers, including Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Energy Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar.

"And so all I can say is that we Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands", she said.

The American tycoon-turned-president backed a pledge to fight protectionism at the end of a summit of the G7 group of wealthy nations on Saturday.

Prime Minister Modi further said that their main focus is on reducing Government and enhancing Governance, adding that the Federal and state governments have taken keen interest in implementing reforms. Our friendship with the United States, the UK, our neighbourly relationship with Russian Federation and also with other countries count, of course.

"As we begin the negotiations about leaving the EU, we will be able to reassure Germany and other European countries that we are going to be a strong partner to them in defence and security and, we hope, in trade", Britain's interior minister Amber Rudd told BBC radio.

Her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said on Monday the chancellor was a "deeply convinced trans-Atlanticist" who believes in the idea of Western unity. "We are keen to attract German Mittelstand [small and medium enterprises] to partner with us in our Make in India programme".

Before PM Modi leaves for Spain, the two leaders, Modi and Merkel - who will meet again at a G20 summit in the German city of Hamburg in July - are also expected to discuss the growing military reach of China across the contested South China Sea and into the Indian Ocean. He said Trump's administration, for example, was unlikely to do much to tackle the causes of the migrant crisis - climate change, wars and persecution.

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