Berlin. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in which the two leaders are expected to exchange views on strategic, regional and global developments. Prime Minister Modi reached Germany on Monday morning on the first leg of his three-nation tour of Europe. During his visit, Modi will also visit Denmark and France. Prime Minister Modi’s Europe visit is taking place in the midst of the Ukraine crisis, on which almost the whole of Europe is united against Russia.
On his arrival in Berlin, Prime Minister Modi inspects the guard of honor in the courtyard of the Chancellor’s Office (Chancellory) where he is holding talks with Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The Prime Minister’s Office tweeted, “Expanding India-Germany cooperation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chancellor Olaf Scholz met in Berlin.
This is Prime Minister Modi’s first meeting with German Chancellor Scholz, who took office in December 2021. Earlier, the two leaders had met at the G20 meeting last year, when Scholz was vice chancellor and finance minister. Modi and Olaf will co-chair the 6th India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC) event.
IGC was started in 2011. It is an exclusive biennial mechanism that allows the governments of both countries to coordinate on a wide range of bilateral issues. Many ministers of both the countries will also participate in this program. The Ministry of External Affairs said that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will also participate in the meeting.
This is Prime Minister Modi’s fifth visit to Germany. Earlier, he had visited Germany in April 2018, July 2017, May 2017 and April 2015. Before leaving for Europe, Prime Minister Modi had said in his statement that his visit to Berlin would provide an opportunity for talks with Chancellor Scholz, whom he had met at the G20 last year, when he was vice chancellor and finance minister.
“We will co-chair the 6th India-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC), an exclusive program that India does only with Germany,” he said. The Prime Minister said, “I see this IGC as an initiative to negotiate with the new government of Germany, which is taking place within six months of the formation of the government. This will help in identifying medium and long term priorities.”
Prime Minister Modi said that in the year 2021, India and Germany celebrated 70 years of diplomatic relations and the countries have been strategic partners since 2000. “I look forward to holding talks with Chancellor Scholz on issues related to strategic, regional and global development between the two countries,” he said. Both the leaders will also address a high level meeting and interact with the CEOs of top company of both the countries.
He said, “The long-term commercial relationship between India and Germany is a pillar of our strategic partnership, Chancellor Scholz and I will also address the ‘Business Round Table’ together. Its goal is to generate new energy in the coordination between our industries, which will help us in the economic recovery between the two countries after the Kovid-19 pandemic.
The Ministry of External Affairs said that this ’round table’ will further strengthen the trade ties of the two countries. The Prime Minister is also scheduled to address the Indian community in Germany. The Ministry of External Affairs said that this visit will prepare a blueprint for the future of deepening ties between India and Germany.
Significantly, after Berlin, the Prime Minister will visit Denmark on May 3, where he will hold bilateral talks with his counterpart Mette Frederiksen. There he will participate in the 2nd India-Nordic Summit. On the last leg of his visit, Prime Minister Modi will make a brief stay in France, where he will meet French President Emmanuel Macron.
FIRST PUBLISHED : May 02, 2022, 18:56 IST