PM Modi meets German Chancellor Merkel; discusses bilateral, global issues
Following his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, PM Narendra Modi tweeted it was a "wonderful meeting" where multiple aspects related to bilateral cooperation and global issues were discussed. He met Merkel during a brief stopover in Berlin after wrapping up his UK visit where he attended Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and held several bilateral meetings with world leaders. Here's more.
India's desire to strengthen strategic partnership
During the third and last leg of PM Modi's three-nation tour to the UK, Sweden, and Germany, he discussed with Merkel ways to further strengthen India-Germany cooperation, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, adding that Modi's visit "demonstrates India's mutual desire to strengthen the strategic partnership".
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Modi's first meeting since Merkel began fourth term
PM Modi's Germany visit demonstrates commitment by India and Germany to maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges. It was the first meeting between the two leaders since Merkel began her fourth term as German Chancellor last month. Modi's meeting with Merkel comes after German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier's trip to India last month, which focused on boosting economic and strategic ties between the two countries.
India's largest trade partner in EU bloc
Germany is India's largest trade partner in the European Union bloc. In 2016-17, the bilateral trade turnover was $18.76 billion, with India exporting goods worth $7.18 billion to Germany and importing German products worth $11.58 billion, according to German media.