Prime Minsiter Modi meets German Chancellor

May 30, 2017, 05:29

Germany is a manufacturing leader of high standing and can play an important role in PM's Make in India and Skill India initiatives. Our strategic partnership is based on democratic values and commitment to an open, inclusive and rules-based global order.

In Berlin Modi will hold bilateral meetings with Chancellor Angela Merkel and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation through his latest edition of Mann Ki Baat programme.

G.V. Srinivas, Joint Secretary (Eurasia) in the Ministry of External Affairs, said Modi's participation in SPIEF signals that there will be emphasis on trade and investment during the Russian leg of the tour. "In Berlin, Chancellor Merkel and I will interact with top business leaders of both countries to further strengthen our trade and investment ties".

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"Had a very good interaction with Chancellor Merkel", Modi said in a tweet after his meeting which began by signing of the visitors' book at Schloss Meseberg.

On May 31, the Prime Minister will hold a bilateral summit with Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy. "There was discussion also on the issue of radicalization and terrorism and each countries experience in dealing with this".

Stating that EU member-states have passed on the responsibility of investment protection negotiations to the EU, Ambassador Ney said that the European Commission and the Indian government should "sit down as soon as possible" to negotiate a free trade agreement. We seek active participation of Spanish industry in various Indian projects including infrastructure, smart cities, digital economy, renewable energy, defence and tourism.

There are 1600 German companies active in India, and almost 600 joint ventures with Indian companies.

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"India's cultural diversity is its strength".

During the 30-minute programme, he also emphasised the importance of preserving the environment, laid thrust on cleanliness and waste management, spoke about the importance of yoga and talked about freedom fighters.

At the beginning of his visit, he will go to Piskarovskoye Cemetery to pay homage to those who perished during the siege of Leningrad. I will also have occasion to visit the world famous State Hermitage Museum and the Institute of Oriental manuscripts.

"I am very happy people are evaluating our work in great detail".

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France is one of our most important Strategic Partners. "I am glad lot of people shared their experiences with me", he added recalling his last edition Mann ki Baat.

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