Angela Merkel visits Delhi metro station, fitted with Germany-funded solar panel

Angela Merkel visits Delhi metro station, fitted with Germany-funded solar panel

Angela Merkel visits Delhi metro station, fitted with Germany-funded solar panel

"We will talk about how we can work towards climate protection and sustainable development in our relationship" and discuss "foreign and security policy issues-that means our discussion will cover a large sepctrum", she said. We can cooperate more in the agricultural sector.

"We're encouraging our private sectors to give an impetus to our growing bilateral trade and Chancellor Merkel and I will meet some of the top business and industry leaders", Modi told a joint news conference with the German leader.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is now on a 3-day visit to India was gifted a handloom woollen khadi stole from Ladakh and a Ratnam pen by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.

Chancellor Merkel said that Germany would also like to work with India on various segments including healthcare, agriculture and artificial intelligence.

"Chancellor Merkel's difficulties in standing without support are known and lately, she has been seen seated at ceremonial events, both at home and overseas, which would have normally required her to stand", a government official familiar with the development told a leading portal. "We could really find help here quickly and make India a modern industrialised nation". Previously, the two countries had signed the Joint Declaration in the Field of Digitalisation, Empowerment and Economic Impact in 2017 to broaden the digital dialogue.

Germany is India's largest trading partner in Europe.

A joint statement issued after the talks by both leaders called for a stronger worldwide partnership in combating the "global scourge". This will be the fifth meeting between the two leaders within a year.

She is also expected to visit a Delhi Metro station with Mr Modi before leaving for Germany.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called out India on the on-going situation in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK), saying that the current situation in Kashmir is not good and is unsustainable, Indian publication The Hindu reported on Friday.

Significantly, Merkel emphasised the need to restart discussions on the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between India and the European Union, talks for which began in the year 2007. Furthermore, because of the complicated bureaucratic procedures in India, German investors hold back from making investments.

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