June 21, 2019

Modi on whirlwind visit to Berlin

HE Ambassador Mukta Dutta Tomar (India to Germany) greeting PM Narendra Modi upon arrival in Berlin – Picture by Ministry of External Affairs of India.

Friday, 20 April 2018, Berlin, Germany: Freshly departed from the Commonwealth Summit 2018 in London, the XVI Prime Minister of India, HE The Honourable Narendra Modi embarked on a short visit to Berlin to meet his German counterpart Dr. Angela Merkel.

Germany is a leading economic power not only in Europe, but also in the world. Its position as the foremost nation in the European Union is a known fact. The Modi-Merkel chapter took off when India was invited to be the partner nation at the Hannover Messe 2015, the world’s largest industrial fair. The economic engagement between the two nations grew on the plank of Prime Minister Modi making an appeal for Germans to manufacture in India. Germany is also India’s largest trade partner in the European Union.

Since then, the heads of both India and Germany have made it a point to enhance strategic and economic ties by meeting on a regular basis. In 2015, Chancellor Merkel held bilateral talks during her visit to India. Her visit was followed by a number of inter-ministerial meetings throughout 2016. In the year 2017, Prime Minister Modi visited Germany twice, first on a state visit and later to attend the G20 Summit. In the meanwhile, the two leaders have been meeting at various international fora.

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