India, Germany declare to jointly work against terror, extremism
The two nations signed 11 agreements and five joint declarations of intent as Indian PM Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held wide-ranging talks in New Delhi

Group photograph after Indo-German meeting

New Delhi (NVI): India and Germany on November 1 declared to scale up their bilateral and multilateral economic and anti-terror collaboration as the two nations signed 11 agreements and five joint declarations of intent here.

This was the outcome of wide-ranging talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel here. Earlier, the two leaders also co-chaired the fifth Inter-Governmental Consultations.

“We have vowed to build ‘new India’ by 2022 and expertise of technological, economic powerhouses like Germany will be useful for it,” Modi said in his press statement after the meeting.

“We have resolved to intensify bilateral and multilateral cooperation to deal with terrorism and extremism,” he added. “We have decided to tap cooperation possibilities in e-mobility smart cities, cleaning of rivers and environmental protection,” Modi said.

The agreements mainly pertained to space, civil aviation, maritime technology, medicine and education among other spheres.

Appreciating the role of the Inter-Governmental Consultations, Prime Minister said this unique mechanism has helped deepen the bilateral relations between India & Germany in several fields such as New & Advanced Technology, e-mobility, fuel cell technology, smart cities, inland water ways, coastal management, cleaning of rivers, environmental protection etc, an official statement said.

He said both the countries would continue the cooperation in undertaking reforms in Security Council, United Nations and other international organisations.

Merkel said agreements signed between Germany and India proves that ties are marching ahead in the areas of new and advanced technology. Areas of 5G and artificial intelligence are a challenge and it is important to work on them together, she said.

-nad