Climate protection is part of India's ethos: PM Modi

Wade Massey
Мая 31, 2017

European Council President Donald Tusk, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump pose at the G-7 meeting on Friday in Taormina, Italy.

The Prime Minister further said that Germany's high technology skills and India's frugal engineering would prove beneficial for the world. New Delhi and Berlin have over 25 working groups, including in areas such as climate change, energy, infrastructure, and tourism.

Meanwhile, Modi's accompanying delegation of senior ministers, including Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Energy Minister Piyush Goyal, and Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar, are also holding talks with their German counterparts.

Prime Minister Modi will depart for Hotel Adlon Kempinski at Palaisaal to attend the Indo-German Business Summit 2017.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi arrived on the first leg of his four-nation tour to Germany. Our friendship with the U.S., the United Kingdom, our neighbourly relationship with Russian Federation and also with other countries count, of course.

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The two leaders enjoyed the sunshine with a walk in the grounds of Schloss Meseberg, an 18th century Baroque castle in the Brandenburg district of Germany which is the official state guest house of the German Chancellor. Germany is the largest trade partner for India in the European Union (EU) and one of the leading sources of foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country. "There was appreciation for India's economic reform agenda, including GST (Goods and Services Tax)", a statement from the Prime Minister's Office said. "The figures speak for themselves", she said.

Merkel praised India for implementing that climate pact very "intensively and in a very committed way" and Modi said people had no right to ruin the environment for future generations. German business and industry is important partner in achievments of India's economic priorities. There was discussion also on the issue of radicalization and terrorism and each countries experience in dealing with this.

Martin Schulz, Merkel's main challenger in the September federal election, told German broadcaster ZDF that "we have to make clear to the United States that they are isolated, they are also isolated on their own continent".

Michael van Hulten, a fellow at the London School of Economics, called Merkel's speech "huge - German chancellor signalling the end of the post-WW2 Western consensus".

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