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India, Germany sign 12 pacts

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The News Bureau

India and Germany signed 12 agreements in Berlin on May 30. A comprehensive joint statement was also issued covering various aspects of the negotiations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel co-chaired the 4th India Germany Inter-Govermental consultations in Berlin.

Themes such as clean coal, electric mobility, science and technology cooperation, cyber-security and aviat

on security came up for discussion. Their consultations also touched upon Afghanistan and other global matters.

Addressing the media after the meeting, Prime Minister Modi appreciated Chancellor Merkel’s vision for Europe and for the world. He said outcome oriented momentum is perceptible in relations between the two countries.

Prime Minister said foreign investment from Germany to India is rising, especially for the Make in India initiative. The Prime Minister said German partnership is important for the Skill India Mission, with German parameters being “global benchmarks” which are crucial for India. Cooperation is also envisaged in the sports arena, particularly in football.

Modi spoke of themes such as climate protection and smart cities, which came up for discussion. He said German innovation and Indian youth could together add great dynamism in the start-up space.

Responding to a question, he said Germany and India are “made for

each other.” He explained the huge synergy that exists between German capabilities and Indian requirements. He spoke of India’s pursuit of excellence in engineering, infrastructure and skill development.

Describing the values of innovation and democracy as a blessing for mankind, he said India and Germany share these values.

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