Merkel says can develop India ties and keep up US relationship

Patrice Gainsbourg
Mai 31, 2017

Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel called for Europe-wide opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump, warning that those who agree with Trump's policies are "complicit", the Rheinische Post reported Tuesday.

On Monday, Modi and Merkel held a private meeting in the latter's country resort of Schloss Meseberg, 65 km from Berlin, in which a range of issues, including terrorism, climate change were discussed.

"It became clear at the G7, when there was no agreement with the United States of America, how long and rocky this path would be", Merkel said at a conference on sustainable development.

"The interaction lasted almost three hours, and covered various areas of mutual interest including smart cities, skill development, clean energy etc".

"India wants the world not just to be interconnected but also that it should be sensibly run", Merkel said, backing European Union talks for a trade agreement with India. "There was appreciation of India's reform agenda, particularly GST", India's Ambassador to Germany Mukta Dutta Tomar told reporters at a briefing here last night. Trade between the two countries stands at 17.42 billion euros in 2016, up only marginally from 17.33 billion euros the previous year. "The figures speak for themselves", she said.

The relationship between Merkel and Trump contrasts with the warm ties between her and former US President Barack Obama - who last week travelled to Berlin to attend a key Protestant conference.

The two leaders also reviewed Brexit, its effects on both India and Germany as well as the future of the European Union (EU).

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"Welcome role played by friendly countries in our development". Germany and the U.S. have historically shared values, but the current U.S. President has his own.

"Several MoUs are expected to be signed".

Concluding his speech, Prime Minister Modi said that the pace of development of India and Germany's relation is fast, its direction is positive and destination is clear.

India and Germany have over 25 working groups, including in areas such as climate change, energy, infrastructure, and tourism.

India and Germany on Tuesday focused over potential of open markets and the importance of investment protection for foreign investors for deepening trade ties and attracting investments to the mutual benefit.

Dr Hubert Lienhard, president and CEO of German industry body the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business (APA), also urged Modi on resolving the agreement to enable investments.

Martin Schulz, Merkel's challenger for the chancellor job in September elections, appeared to find common ground with the German chancellor.

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