Merkel warns against 'simple answers' after Trump meetings

Posted May 31, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Germany as part of his four-nation tour, signed eight agreements on Tuesday with Germany, after a meeting with its Chancellor Angela Merkel.

A German foreign ministry spokesman, Martin Schaefer, stressed that India enjoys rapid economic growth and development and, with a current population of over 1.3 billion, "will soon be the most populous country on Earth". New Delhi and Berlin have over 25 working groups, including in areas such as climate change, energy, infrastructure, and tourism.

Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter to post some pictures of the meeting and wrote alongside, "Had a very good interaction with Chancellor Merkel".

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Joint ventures between German and Indian companies could also lead to building up consortium for undertaking mega projects in the country, he said after addressing the Institute of South Asian Studies, a think tank at the National University of Singapore.

Modi - before embarking on his tour, which also takes him to Spain, France and Russian Federation - wrote that "India and Germany are large democracies, major economies and important players in regional and global affairs". Trump was also quoted as calling Germany "very bad" on trade - but the White House denied it.

The two leaders then headed inside for the fourth India- Germany Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC) Plenary session, the focal point of Modi's two-day visit to Germany.

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"The interaction lasted almost three hours, and covered various areas of mutual interest including smart cities, skill development, clean energy, etc. We are committed to provide a supportive business ecosystem to those who join us in our growth story", he said. Germany is the largest trade partner for India in the European Union (EU) and one of the leading sources of Foreign Direct Investment or FDI into the country. Find us on Facebook too!

"The leaders also touched upon OBOR (one Belt One Road)".

Martin Schulz, Merkel's main challenger in the September federal election, told German broadcaster ZDF that "we have to make clear to the United States that they are isolated, they are also isolated on their own continent". He further added that India is the "most open" and the fastest growing economy in the world and focused on importance of India to Germany.

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"We are looking at outcome oriented momentum in India-Germany ties and a quantum jump especially in economic ties", Modi said.