New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his four-nation visit to Germany, Spain, Russia and France to boost bilateral relations and seek investment. In the first leg of his six-day trip, he visited Germany, where he held talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel under the framework of India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations. PM Modi also met German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Prime Minister Modi said that Chancellor Merkel and he will "chart out a future roadmap of cooperation with focus on trade and investment, security and counter-terrorism, innovation and science and technology, skill development, urban infrastructure, railways and civil aviation, clean energy, development cooperation, health and alternative medicine." Describing Germany as a valuable partner, the Prime Minister said, "German competencies fit well with my vision for India's transformation."
A Wrap Of What PM Modi Said In Germany In 5 Points:
- 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.
Time to leave as PM Modi tweets:
Thank you Germany! My visit has led to very positive outcomes in terms of furthering the close ties India and Germany enjoy.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 30, 2017
Britain, which is set to leave the EU by 2019, wants to boost trade with India, the world's fastest-growing major economy, which is meanwhile also trying to revive stalled, decade-old trade talks with the EU.
PM Modi will later today head to Spain. He will also visit France and Russia--but not to former colonial power Britain.
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"India has emerged as the fastest growing major economy the last three years with GDP growth rate of over 7%," said the PM Modi
While addressing business leaders in Germany PM Modi said, "With a view to help the German companies, we have put in place a Fast Track Mechanism." He added that a number of issues have already been resolved through this mechanism.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Statement In Germany
Guten Tag Deutschland. This is my second official visit to Germany.
I have interacted with Chancellor Angela Merkel at multiple forums and I have always admired her insight on a range of issues.
We had wide ranging discussions today. India-Germany partnership will help our nations and also the world.
Ministers of both countries had wide-ranging discussions in the areas of cooperation between India and Germany.
We are looking at outcome oriented momentum in India-Germany ties and a quantum jump, especially in economic ties.
Climate protection is a top priority for India. Living in harmony with nature has been a part of our culture for thousands of years.
Our cooperation in areas like renewable energy is gaining momentum.
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-gen infrastructure and this is an area where we want to extensively work with Germany.
Science and technology, the start-up world are important area which have been given special attention during my visit.
The world today is interconnected and inter-dependent. Diversity and democracy are the foundation stones of a healthy society and a prosperous country. India leads in both.
We (India and Germany) are made for each other.
Whether it be bilateral relations, humanitarian issues, regional or global issues - every discussion with Chancellor Merkel has been very beneficial.
In today's IGC, we conducted a comprehensive review of bilateral relations with Chancellor Merkel and her team.
Our relations have a regional and global perspective. We discussed a new and upcoming opportunities and challenges in Asia, Europe and the world.
German business and industry is an important partner in India's economic achievements.
As for our stance to climate change. What if the Paris Climate Deal hadn't happened. What would India have done?
We have been a responsible nation and always will be. Like I said, respecting and being one with nature is a part of our culture. We firmly believe that playing with the lives of our children and future generations is not something we do. We have no right to do so. 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.
PM Modi attends the IGC plenary meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
PM Narendra Modi Leaves For Germany To Kick-Start 4-Nation Tour
PM Modi will hold a bilateral meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel and call on German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.