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Merkel: US Relations Important, but Must Also Look Elsewhere

Owen Mccarthy | 31 May, 2017, 00:57

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today sought "outcome-oriented" momentum in Indo-German ties and a "quantum jump" in economic relations, as he held wide-ranging talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on key issues like trade, skill development, cyber security and terrorism.

A German diplomat told IE that Germany "sees countries like India, with its growing economy and democratic political system, as important partners".

Addressing a joint press conference with Merkel, Modi said that he had discussed a variety of topics with his German counterpart, terming the relationship "made for each other". "India-Germany partnership will help our nations and also help the world", said Modi. "There was some discussion on climate change issues and the leaders discussed the possibilities including in the G 20 contact, there was exchange also on happenings in the worldwide arena", said the MEA. An official statement from the Prime Minister's Office mentioned that the meeting lasted almost for three hours and India's economic reform agenda including the GST, was appreciated. "There was appreciation for India's economic reform agenda, including GST (Goods and Services Tax)", a statement from the Prime Minister's Office said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center right, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center left, pose with members of their governments for a group photo prior to German - Indian government consultations at the chancellery Berlin, Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

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He added, however, that he hopes "we can win back the United States one day, because there are also large parts of American society that we must not forget". "We will chart out a future roadmap of cooperation with (the) focus on trade and investment, security and counter- terrorism, innovation and science and technology, skill development, urban infrastructure, railways and civil aviation, clean energy, development cooperation, health and alternative medicine", Modi said in a Facebook post.

"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".

Modi will end his German tour with a courtesy call on German President, Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at his official residence of Castle Bellevue before leaving for Spain tomorrow evening.

He is also expected to invite the German investors in India under the "Make in India".

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