PM Modi, Merkel discuss terrorism, Brexit ahead of summit meeting

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2017

"Germany will always find India as powerful, prepared and capable partner", Modi said at a joint press interaction after holding talks with Merkel. New Delhi and Berlin have over 25 working groups, including in areas such as climate change, energy, infrastructure, and tourism.

Modi is accompanied by Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan, Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Seetharaman and Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar.

The prime minister will receive a ceremonial welcome with military honours at the Chancellery, the office of the German Chancellor, following which he will begin discussions with Chancellor Merkel across a range of economic and political issues.

Joint ventures between German and Indian companies could also lead to building up consortium for undertaking mega projects in the country, he said after addressing the Institute of South Asian Studies, a think tank at the National University of Singapore.

Earlier on Monday, Modi arrived in Berlin on the first leg of his six-day, four-nation tour of Europe. Modi's appeal to Europe comes as result of the recent terrorist attack in a concert in Manchester, where a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing 22 people and other terrorist attacks in European countries like Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Sweden recently.

The two leaders enjoyed the sunshine with a walk in the grounds of Schloss Meseberg, an 18th century Baroque castle in the Brandenburg district of Germany which is the official state guest house of the German Chancellor.

"The interaction lasted almost three hours, and covered various areas of mutual interest including smart cities, skill development, clean energy, etc".

Germany is India's largest trading partner in the European Union, and a top source of foreign direct investment. "The figures speak for themselves", she said. There was discussion also on the issue of radicalization and terrorism and each countries experience in dealing with this.

"Everything that happens in India - politically, economically and socially - has, because of the country's size and importance, a direct impact on the whole world, including us".

"India wants the world not just to be interconnected but also that it should be sensibly run", Merkel said, backing European Union talks for a trade agreement with India.

"We are looking at outcome oriented momentum in India-Germany ties and a quantum jump especially in economic ties", Modi said.

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