PM Modi tweets ‘Namaste Chancellor’ to welcome Angela Merkel in India

The chancellor was asked about fallout from VW’s disclosures before starting an official visit to India on Monday that will include meetings with local business leaders. Ahead of Merkel’s visit, German ambassador Martin Ney said the 3rd inter-governmental consultations are expected to come out with “path-breaking results” and inking of “substantial” number of agreements between the two countries.

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The company is also likely to face massive fines in the United States for contravening its emissions laws, and several other countries and worldwide customers have announced that they are looking into taking legal action as well. “I look forward to fruitful discussions & strengthening India-Germany ties”, Modi tweeted as soon as Merkel landed at the Delhi Airport.

According to the German Chancellor, there is no correlation between the conflict in Ukraine and the civil war in Syria, except for the fact that in both situations Russian President Vladimir Putin plays an important role.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will meet her German counterpart Frank Walter Steinmeir and also call on the chancellor. Both the leaders are also likely to exchange views on regional and global issues of common concern such as climate change.

After the bilateral talks, the plenary session as the core format of the IGC will take place. India and Germany are strategic partners since 2001.

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PM Modi and the German Chancellor will maintain extensive-ranging talks right here tomorrow to considerably scale up bilateral relations in an array of key sectors with particular give attention to boosting commerce, safety and defence ties. There will also be working lunch with high-ranking business leaders. Germany’s acknowledged competencies in manufacturing, skilling, high technology, clean energy, water and waste management etc. provide a robust foundation for enhanced partnerships in a range of priority areas.

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