India, Germany give momentum to cooperation

30th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

New Delhi (dpa) - India and Germany gave new momentum to their strategic partnership with wideranging talks between visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Tuesday. Their one-to-one discussions followed by delegation-level talks covered a range of bilateral, regional and global issues including climate change, energy security, United Nations reforms, international trade negotiations and regional conflicts including Myanmar and Afghanistan. Seven agr

New Delhi (dpa) - India and Germany gave new momentum to their strategic partnership with wideranging talks between visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Their one-to-one discussions followed by delegation-level talks covered a range of bilateral, regional and global issues including climate change, energy security, United Nations reforms, international trade negotiations and regional conflicts including Myanmar and Afghanistan.

Seven agreements were signed in the presence of the two leaders, including one on mutual protection of classified information which will be a precursor to enhancement of bilateral defence cooperation.

The other agreements included declarations of intent covering cooperation in the area of intellectual property rights, science and environmental research and postal projects and the setting up of an Indo-German Research and Technology Centre.

Singh said Merkel's visit to India and their discussions would impart a new and substantive momentum to India-Germany relations.

"India and Germany share fundamental values," he said adding that the two leaders had reaffirmed their commitment to work together on issues like international trade talks, climate change and energy security to work out an international consensus.

Merkel said her visit was aimed at enhancing a strategic partnership which was not just restricted to politics but involved the economies and relations in general.

"The driving force behind the excellent cooperation is the dynamic economic relations between the two countries," she said.

The two countries had already passed their 2010 target of trade worth 10 billion dollars and now had the ambitious goal of doubling this by 2012, she said.

Science and research, she added were the flagship of the broad-based cooperation, citing the mobile science exhibition launched earlier in the day as a symbol of this cooperation.

"We would like to enhance our cooperation in the areas of development, climate change, energy efficiency, energy supply and renewable energy."

"You can see our cooperation is very broad based," Merkel said while mentioning the wide spectrum of issues she discussed with the Indian prime minister.

"I am convinced that Germany and India can do a lot together and want to do a lot together in the future," she said.

Merkel said the leaders would continue their interaction over dinner.

Merkel's day began with a ceremonial welcome at the presidential palace in New Delhi with a full guard of honour.

Speaking to reporters after the ceremony, the Indian premier said he saw a global leadership role for the German chancellor in a increasingly unified world. "In the German chancellor, we have a great statesman, a world statesman and a great friend of our country," Singh said.

Later, asked how she reacted to such praise, Merkel said she took it as praise for Germany. "I personally feel strengthened to tackle political problems wherever they arise," she added.

Merkel was accompanied by German Education and Research Minister Annette Schavan and a 30-member delegation of top business leaders representing companies like European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, conglomerate Siemens, rail operator Deutsche Bahn and reinsurer Munich Re.

Merkel spent the afternoon interacting with Indian business leaders at a luncheon organized by Indian chambers of commerce and industry. Addressing the gathering, Merkel said Germany's doors were open to Indian investors and requested India to ease trade barriers for German business and investment.

On Wednesday, Merkel is to head to Mumbai to take part in a meeting of German and Indian company heads and address a conference on urbanization in developing countries.

DPA

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