India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized the strong relationship between India and Germany during the joint press conference held with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. He stated that both nations share deep diplomatic ties based on democratic values and mutual understanding.
According to the reports, he noted during the joint press conference that both nations share long-standing relationships full of history and heritage of cultural and exchange in economic terms. He pointed out that “India and German have been sharing a relationship history of trade exchange as Germany has been our biggest partner in trading in Europe.”
In his remarks, Prime Minister also stated that he and the German spokesperson discussed regional, bilateral, and international issues during the conference. He further emphasized the improving cooperation between both nations, which is beneficial for both governments, along with sending a loud and positive message to the world.
“The relationship between India and Germany has been on the continuously progressive path passing from people-people from last few years. New opportunities are coming forward for both nations in different fields and sectors due to the ‘Make in India’ and Aatamanirbhar Bharat campaigns. India has been encouraged by Germany’s interest in these opportunities,” said PM Modi.
He further extended his notes and cited, “Germany is an essential source for investment in India, along with being the largest partner in trading in Europe, Germany is among the most important allies in the world in terms of investment in India.”
He said, “Security and defence cooperation can become an important pillar of our strategic partnership. Together we will continue striving to realize our untapped potential in this sector fully.”
Prime Minister Modi held delegation-level talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz earlier. EAM S Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and other dignitaries attended the meeting.
Notably, Scholz is in New Delhi for a two-day visit to India and arrives on Saturday.
Indian Prime Minister Modi welcomed Olaf Scholz at Hyderabad House for the democratic talks.
On his part, Olaf Scholz tweeted through his official Twitter handle that India and Germany are involved in “very good relations” and that he wants to strengthen them.
“Prime Minister @narendramodi received me warmly in sunny New Delhi. It is already our fourth meeting. #India and Germany have been sharing mutually strengthened relations and want to strengthen them. That will be the topic of our discussions and peace worldwide,” Scholz tweeted.
During his visit, Scholz will also meet President Droupadi Murmu. He will travel to Bengaluru on February 26, the Ministry of External Affairs said in an official statement.
Scholz’s visit to India is the first standalone one by any German Chancellor since the commencement of the Inter-Governmental Consultation (IGC) mechanism between the two nations in 2011.