Narendra Modi and Angela Merkel addressed the media today after their bilateral talks.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India is looking at "quantum jump" in economic ties with Germany -- a nation that's already the largest trading partner in the European Union and a top source of foreign direct investment. PM Modi, who reached Germany on the first leg of his six-day four-nation tour, held bilateral talks with Chancellor Merkel this morning. It was the fourth intergovernmental consultations -- a format Germany follows with only a few countries, which include China, Israel and France. After the meeting, the two leaders jointly addressed the media.
Here are the Top 5 quotes from his address:
We are looking at outcome oriented momentum in India-Germany ties and a quantum jump specially in economic ties.
German involvement in Make in India has seen a significant increase, particularly by Mittelstand companies. German participation is also important in Skill India.
Germany's extensive work in skill development, which has set the standards globally, can benefit the youth of India.
India is giving an impetus to next-generation infrastructure and this is an area in which we want to work extensively with Germany. Science and technology, the start-up world are important areas which have been given attention to during this visit.
Let's assume that the Paris Climate Deal had not happened. What would India have done? We have been a responsible nation and always will be. We are taking aggressive steps to ensure that we move rapidly towards clean and renewable sources of energy. A clean environment is a top priority for India.