PM Modi hopeful of strengthening India-Germany ties, as Chancellor Merkel comes calling

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merkel visits indiaNew Delhi : A follow through of earlier meeting between two top leaders of India and Germany is witnessing the next level as German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in India on a two-day visit to talk business and bilateral beneficiary discussions. Termed as a maiden visit in Modi government’s rule, Chancellor Merkel is expected to extend a commitment on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s investement expectations, which had featured as a central point when both leaders met earlier in April during PM Modi’s visit to Germany.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in India to take forward the economic ties between the two countries in its third round of Inter Government Consultations on a gamut of issues in back to back bilateral meetings spread over two cities in a visit lasting less than two days. It is expected that the discussion basket would spread on a variety of issues ranging from security to defence. The central focus is however expected on the lines of boosting trade ties and giving German wings to Modi’s Make in India initiative.

Merkel’s visit got a text welcome yesterday from PM Modi’s twitter counter, when Modi, in his digitally connected style, extended warm greetings to the Chancellor and hoped for a fruitful talk session during the leader’s visit to India. Modi wrote – Namaste Chancellor Merkel! Warm welcome to you & the delegation. I look forward to fruitful discussions & strengthening India-Germany ties.

Merkel arrived in New Delhi on Sunday. Her day began today with a ceremonial welcome extended to her at Rashtraparti Bhavan. An overwhelmed Chancellor enthusiastically said – Germany fully intends to support the ambitious program that PM Modi has outlined for the development of this nation. We will co-operate on areas such as economy, agriculture, internal security, defence matters and financial relations.

PM Modi and Chancellor Merkel are scheduled to have an exclusive meeting before proceeding to formal delegation-level talks. During her visit, Ms Merkel will also meet President Pranab Mukherjee and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj today before heading to Bangalore for a business conference.

Merkel’s discussion agenda is expected to center around concerns of German industries in proceeding with planned investments in India, while speaking with PM Modi. . Both leaders are also likely to exchange views on regional and global issues including climate change. Germany being India’s most important trading partner in Europe, the country expects PM Modi and Ms Merkel to sit together and strategize upon boosting two-way trade. As far as Germany is concerned, this largest European economy has many country partner with which it deals in business partnerships and India last year ranked just 25th on the list of countries with which it does business. Data update reveals that the two nations exchanged nearly 16 billion euros ($17.9 billion) in trade in 2014 — mostly chemicals, machine tools, electrical goods and textiles — but the figure has declined in the past three years.