INDIA & Germany resolve to intensify bilateral and multilateral cooperation in fighting terrorism and extremism

India and Germany signed five joint declarations of intent after talks between Prime Minister Narendra   Modi   and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at New Delhi on Friday, November 1. Eleven pacts are inked between the two countries in fields such as space, civil aviation, maritime technology, medicine and education. PM Modi said she is not just my counterpart and friend, but is also a long-serving global leader. The agreements signed today are a testament to the friendship and close ties that India and Germany share. India and Germany signed a seventeen agreements in the fields of agriculture, maritime technology, Ayurveda and yoga among others, the External Affairs Ministry said. Five joint declarations of intent were also exchanged between India and Germany, the ministry said in a statement. The joint declarations of intent included cooperation in strategic projects, partnership for green urban mobility, research and development on artificial intelligence and cooperation in the field of prevention of marine litter, it said.”Ushering in newer areas for collaboration, PM Narendramodi & Chancellor Merkel witnessed the exchange of 5 documents in emerging fields such as AI, space cooperation, green mobility among others,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Ushering in newer areas for collaboration, PM Modi & Chancellor Merkel witnessed the exchange of 5 documents in emerging fields such as Airspace cooperation, green mobility among others.🔗

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said India has a huge potential when it comes to digitisation. “If we work together it will be wonderful way of cooperation. We discussed issues of education. As many as 20,000 Indian national studying in Germany and we would like to see more,” the German Chancellor said. Prime Minister Modi said, “We will intensify bilateral and multilateral cooperation to deal with threats like terrorism and extremism. We are grateful to Germany for the strong support of India’s membership in the UNSC, Export control regimes and various international forums. The two countries will continue their cooperation and efforts to expedite other necessary reforms in the Security Council, United Nations and the international system.” PM Modi invited Germany to invest in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. “We invite Germany to take advantage of the opportunities in defense production in Defense Corridors in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. We are encouraging the private sector to give more momentum to our increasing participation in trade and investment. Chancellor Merkel and I will meet some of the leading Business and Industry Leaders from both countries.” On Saturday, the German leader will meet a business delegation and visit Continental Automotive Components India Pvt Ltd in Manesar, Gurugaon. Before departing for home, the chancellor will visit the Dwarka Sector 21 Metro Station. Ahead of the visit, German envoy to India Walter J Lindner had said the Modi and Merkel have a “very good relationship and they can talk about any issue. I do not want to anticipate what the two leaders will be talking about”. Merkel’s difficulties in standing without support are known and lately, she has been seen seated at ceremonial events, both at home and abroad, which would have normally required her to stand. The exemption as per the order is being invoked based on a request from the German side to accommodate the Chancellor’s wish was accorded at the ceremonial welcome in Rashtrapati Bhawan. India-Germany delegation level talks were held at Hyderabad House. Merkel along with her 15-member delegation attended the 5th Inter Governmental Consultations.  IGC is a unique broad-format dialogue chaired by both leaders with members of cabinet participating from both sides, Raveesh Kumar said. Earlier, Markel paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat (edited by PK Chakravarty)

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