NEW DELHI: Angela Merkel is on a two-day visit to India. A joint statement was issued by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the national capital today. Several key pacts in Finance and Security were signed.
The two sides also signed 18 MoUs in areas ranging from renewable energy to skill development and culture after holding the 3rd Intergovernmental Consultations here. (Also Read: India, Germany reaffirm commitment to UNSC reform)
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE JOINT-STATEMENT:
WHAT PM MODI POINTS OUT-
• Your leadership is a source of confidence and reassurance at a difficult moment for Europe and the world.
• The strength of delegation reflects the importance you attach to relations with India and the seriousness with which you approach the inter-governmental consultation.
• Your commitment holds the key to progress in our relations. So thank you very much.
• We see Germany as our natural partner in achieving our vision of India’s economic transformation.
• In a world of seamless challenges and opportunities, India and Germany can also be strong partners in advancing a more human peaceful just and sustainable future for the world.
• I was very pleased with our discussions and the broad range of outcomes.
• German reforms to our development agenda, is very encouraging.
• We can look forward with confidence to increase investment, trade and technology partnerships in manufacturing, infrastructure and skill development.
• German engineering and Indian IT skills can create the next generation industry that can be more efficient, economical and more environmental friendly.
• 1600 German companies in India and growing in number will be strong partners in creating a global workforce in India.
• German cooperation and assistance in areas like, smart Cities, clean Ganga and, waste management, have taken a concrete shape.
• I place great value on Germany’s assistance of over 1 billion Euros for India’s Green Energy Corridor and a new assistance package of over a billion Euros for solar projects in India.
• We also intend to deepen research on clean and renewable energy and energy efficiency.
• Our partnership will also grow in areas like Defence, manufacturing, trade in advance technology, Intelligence and countering terrorism and radicalism.
• Chancellor and I are committed to pursue reforms of the United Nations, especially the Security Council.
• Gratitude to Chancellor Merkel and the people of Germany for the return of the 10th Century statue of Durga in her ‘Mahishasur
Mardali’ avatar from J&K. She is the symbol of the victory of good over evil.
WHAT GERMAN CHANCELLOR POINTS OUT-
• India and Germany are both working to promote peaceful and political solutions to these countries.
• We will continue to work very hard.
• We wish a good and a prosperous development for India.
• Glad to invest in India.
A lot is expected for India from the pacts signed by India and Germany.