German Chancellor Angela Merkel extends full support to PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’

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October 5, 2015 11:52 AM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday extended full support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious program for development of India, saying that Germany intends to be a good partner and supporter on this endeavour.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday extended full support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious program for development of India, saying that Germany intends to be a good partner and supporter on this endeavour.

“What I expect from this third Inter-Governmental Consultations is that first of all it is a consultation at the government level that is to concentrate and demonstrate very closely. On a very broad basis, we are cooperating in the areas such as economy, agriculture and internal security matters,” Merkel said after being accorded a ceremonial welcome here at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

“We are co-operating on developmental issues, on defence matters and financial relations… We also expect to be able from the part of Germany to lend a contribution towards a further economic build up of the country,” she added.

“The Prime Minister has outlined ambitious program for development of this nation and Germany fully intends to be a good partner and supporter on this endeavour,” she asserted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chancellor Merkel will hold discussions on a wide range of issues of mutual interest, including deepening bilateral engagement in defence, security, education, renewable energy, skill development and agriculture.

Merkel arrived in New Delhi last night on a 2-day visit to India.

Welcoming her, Prime Minister Modi tweeted, “Namaste Chancellor Merkel! Warm welcome to you & the delegation. I look forward to fruitful discussions & strengthening India-Germany ties.”

India and Germany are strategic partners since 2001. Germany is India’s largest trading partner in the European Union and the seventh largest foreign investor in India.

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