Modi, Merkel hold talks on bilateral co-op, global issues

RSTV Bureau
Berlin: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Friday, April 20, 2018.  AP/ PTI

Berlin: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Friday, April 20, 2018.
AP/ PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and discussed multiple aspects relating to bilateral cooperation as well as other global issues with her. Modi met Merkel on Friday in a brief stopover at Berlin on his return from UK after attending CHOGM.

It was the third and last leg of Prime Minister’s three-nation tour to the UK, Sweden and Germany. Modi held a series of bilateral meetings with world leaders during his five-day tour.

“Had a wonderful meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel. We discussed multiple aspects relating to India-Germany cooperation as well as other global issues,” he tweeted.

The two leaders discussed ways to further strengthen India-Germany cooperation, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, adding that Modi’s visit “demonstrates India’s mutual desire to strengthen the strategic partnership”.

“Further cementing a cherished friendship! PM @narendramodi warmly welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery ahead of the bilateral meeting,” Kumar said in a tweet.

The visit demonstrates the commitment by the two countries to maintain the momentum of high level exchanges, according to Indian officials. It was the first meeting between the two leaders since Merkel began her fourth term as German chancellor last month.

Also, Prime Minister Modi’s meeting with Merkel comes a month after German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited India. His visit too had focused on boosting economic and strategic ties between the two countries.

Germany is India’s largest trade partner in the European Union bloc. In 2016-17, the bilateral trade turnover was USD 18.76 billion, with India exporting goods worth USD 7.18 billion to Germany and importing German products worth USD 11.58 billion, according to German media.

(With inputs from PTI)