India and Germany hold talks to expand Defence cooperation
New Delhi: After talks between India and Germany yesterday to expand the Defence Cooperation between the two countries, German Defence Minister Dr. Ursula von der Leyen called on Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi here today.
Talks were held yesterday between the delegation of the two countries led by their respective Defence Ministers. The Indian side was led by Manohar Parrikar and the German side by Dr (Ms) Ursula von der Leyen.
Cooperation between the Armed Forces of the two countries, partnering of Germany in the “Make-in-India” initiative in the Defence sector and supply of state-of-the-art equipment and technology were some of the prominent issues discussed by the two Defence Ministers. Both sides also exchanged their perception with regard to the evolving geo-political events having impact on the security situation.
The German Defence Minister’s visit to New Delhi is taking place close on the heels of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent highly successful visit to Germany. The visit would also pave the way for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to India later this year.
Dr Ursula von der Leyen will be visiting the Western Naval Command in Mumbai tomorrow, before concluding her 3 days official visit to India.
During her meeting with the Indian Prime Minister, Dr Ursula conveyed Germany’s keen interest in collaborating with India in Defence technology and equipment, including Defence manufacturing in India, cyber security and maritime cooperation. She conveyed that Chancellor Merkel was looking forward to her visit in October 2015 for the Inter-Governmental Commission meeting as an opportunity to deepen cooperation across all areas of bilateral relations. She mentioned that India’s participation in the Hannover Trade Fair as Partner Country and Prime Minister’s presence at the inauguration had made a visible impact in Germany, and there was a strong interest now in the Make in India mission.
The Prime Minister recalled his visit to Germany and his excellent discussions with Chancellor Merkel and German business leaders. He reiterated that India considered Germany as a vital economic partner, including in areas like skill development and manufacturing. He invited German companies to take advantage of enormous opportunities of defence manufacturing and defence research and development in India. He looked forward to the visit of Chancellor Merkel later in the year.