Security, trade, climate top the agenda of Indo-German talks
Chancellor Angela Merkel will be on a three-day visit to India from October 31 to November 2 and will participate in the 5th Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC). This will be her fourth visit to the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit, in Osaka, Japan on June 28, 2019. File photo

New Delhi (NVI): Security, trade, development and climate will be on the top of the agenda of talks between India and Germany, when the German Chancellor Angela Merkel comes to India on October 31.

According to an unofficial translation of Chancellor Merkel’s statement, she was happy to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 5th Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGCs) which will take place on November 1.

“The focus at the IGC will be on economic and trade relations, climate protection and sustainable development and innovation and digitisation. The IGCs give us the opportunity to talk about the whole breadth of the future of our relationship,” the Chancellor said.

The German Chancellor who will be in India on a three-day visit from October 31 to November 2, will participate in the 5th Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) here. This will be her fourth visit to the country.

She said, “India with 1.3 billion citizens, is the largest democracy in the world. With India, we want to , above all, work in the economic field. We can talk about issues of smart cities, renewable energy and new forms of mobility”.

Both India and Germany will also talk about climate protection and sustainable development in both the countries relationship. Besides, discussion on security policy issues. The discussion will cover a large spectrum, the statement said.

The Chancellor said that she was impressed by the non-violence story and the non-violent protests for democracy and peace – symbols linked with Mahatma Gandhi who was born 150 years ago.

Merkel said that other things that fascinates India were the developmental dynamics of the country which have rapidly developed in the last few years not only in urban cities but also in rural areas.

“It is important that we, as German, the largest trade partner of India in the EU, work further for the strengthening of our relationship and learn from India and also are able to use our technological development in India. That would be a good win-win situation for both countries”.