Modi meets Merkel, pushes for better economic ties

RSTV Bureau
Berlin : German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, talks to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, as they pose for a group photo with members of their governments prior to German - Indian government consultations at the chancellery Berlin, Tuesday, May 30, 2017. AP/PTI Photo

Berlin : German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, talks to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, as they pose for a group photo with members of their governments prior to German – Indian government consultations at the chancellery Berlin, Tuesday, May 30, 2017. AP/PTI Photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held wide-ranging bilateral talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday. The two sides signed eight pacts to strengthen Indo-German ties.

PM Modi sought “outcome-oriented” momentum in Indo-German ties and a “quantum jump” in economic relations. Key issues like trade, skill development, cyber security and terrorism were discussed.

“Pace of development of our relations is fast, direction positive and destination clear. Germany will always find India as powerful, prepared and capable partner,” Modi said at a
joint press interaction after holding talks with Merkel.

Following their talks, the two sides also signed a joint declaration of intent on cyber politics, development initiatives, sustainable urban development, continued development of cluster managers and skill development, cooperation in the field of digitalisation, cooperation in the field of railway security, promoting vocational training and continued cooperation on an Indo-German centre for
sustainability.

Modi, who along with Merkel held the fourth India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC) to set a roadmap for the bilateral strategic ties, said they conducted a comprehensive review of bilateral relations.

“We are looking at outcome oriented momentum in India-Germany ties and a quantum jump specially in economic ties. We had wide ranging discussions today. India-Germany partnership
will help our nations and also help the world,” he said.

Berlin : German Chancellor Angela Merkel, centre and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, walk through the garden of the government guest house Meseberg Palace, during a meeting in Meseberg, about 70 kilometers (43 miles) north on Berlin, Monday, May 29, 2017. AP/PTI

Berlin : German Chancellor Angela Merkel, centre and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, walk through the garden of the government guest house Meseberg Palace, during a meeting in Meseberg, about 70 kilometers (43 miles) north on Berlin, Monday, May 29, 2017. AP/PTI

On her part, Merkel said India has proved to be a reliable partner and the two sides have been able to deepen cooperation.

Talking about the threat of terrorism, Modi said humanitarian forces must unite to combat the menace

In the informal talks at Schloss Meseberg on Monday, the Chancellor’s official country retreat near Berlin, both leaders also exchanged views on China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative and climate change.

“Had a very good interaction with Chancellor Merkel,” Modi said in a tweet after his meeting yesterday.

(With inputs from PTI)