Modi Meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel On Her Two-Day Visit To India


New Delhi, October 5: New Delhi, October 5:  German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is on a two-day visit to India, held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Modi in New Delhi today. The discussions between the two leaders covered a wide range of issues including security and defence, with special focus on boosting trade ties.

Ms Merkel arrived in New Delhi on Sunday.  This morning, after she received a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtraparti Bhavan, she said Germany "fully intends to support the ambitious program that PM Modi has outlined for the development of this nation."

"We will co-operate on areas such as economy, agriculture, internal security, defence matters and financial relations," she added.

The two leaders are also scheduled to have a one-on-one meeting before delegation-level talks.  During her visit, Ms Merkel will also meet President Pranab Mukherjee and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj today before heading to Bangalore for a business conference.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the German Chancellor with a message on Twitter.

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