Modi, Merkel hold 4th Indo-German intergovernmental talks

Jackie Newman
May 31, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump criticised Germany on Tuesday for its trade surplus and military spending levels, a day after Chancellor Angela Merkel rammed home her doubts about the reliability of the United States as an ally.

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".

The last IGC was held in New Delhi in October, 2015, when bilateral ties were significantly scaled up.

Gabriel's comments come after German Chancellor Angela Merkel highlighted the dip in transatlantic relations on Sunday. "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.

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".

Mr Modi's European tour will also include trips to France, Spain and Russian Federation - but not the UK.

Here's are the pictures of two leaders taking a stroll on the lawns at Meseberg Palace, Germany.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said the West had become weaker as Washington increasingly put USA interests first.

The issue of radicalisation and terrorism and each country's experience in dealing with it was discussed, with recent terrorist events in Europe also mentioned in this context, she said.

"Everything that happens in India - politically, economically and socially - has, because of the country's size and importance, a direct impact on the whole world, including us".

Michael van Hulten, a fellow at the London School of Economics, called Merkel's speech "huge - German chancellor signalling the end of the post-WW2 Western consensus".

"The consequences of Brexit (the UK's exit from the European Union) and how it would affect India and Germany were covered by the two leaders", Tomar said, adding that the prime minister reiterated the utmost value that India attaches to the EU's cohesiveness, which is a major factor of stability in global politics.

Singh said German companies were also being urged to form consortium with European and non-European companies to undertake mega projects in India, especially their participation in smart cities which would require different disciplines, expertise and technologies.

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