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Modi’s four-nation trip Highlights: PM says Europe hit hard by terrorism, meets Angela Merkel in Germany

In the first leg of his six-day trip, he will hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel under the framework of India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations.

india Updated: May 30, 2017 00:22 IST
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their meeting at the German government guesthouse Meseberg Palace in Meseberg, Germany on May 29.(REUTERS)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Schloss Meseberg on Monday as he landed in Berlin on the first leg of his four-nation tour of Germany, Spain, Russia and France.

Germany- India relations
  • Germany is the seventh largest foreign direct investor (FDI) in India and the total FDI from April 2000 until December 2016 amounted to $ 9.54 billion.
  • A total of 1,800 German companies are operating in India.
  • The German embassy in Berlin had launched the Make in India Mittelstand (MIIM) Programme in September 2015 to facilitate the German Mittelstand (SMEs) to do business in India.
  • Currently 73 German Mittelstand (SMEs) companies are being facilitated through MIIM Programme for their market entry and investment in India.

Modi is accompanied by minister for science and technology Harsh Vardhan, MoS for new and renewable energy Piyush Goyal, MoS for commerce and industry Nirmala Seetharaman and MoS for external affairs MJ Akbar.

On May 30, Prime Minister Modi and Chancellor Merkel will have a luncheon meeting with senior business leaders before inaugurating the Indo-German Business Forum.

PM Modi will end his German tour with a courtesy call on German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, before leaving for Spain Tuesday evening.

Here are the live updates:

12: 05 am: PM Modi says he had a “ very good interaction” with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

10: 50 pm: PM Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel interact at Schloss Meseberg’s garden in Germany.

10:36 pm: PM Modi meets interacts with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at her country resort of Schloss Meseberg.

9:13 pm:

8: 44 pm: PM Modi describes terrorism as gravest challenge facing humanity, urges Europe to play lead role in effective global response, reports PTI.

Modi, in an interview to German newspaper ‘Handelsblatt’ said, “Europe has been hit hard by terrorism”.

“To our mind, terrorism is the gravest challenge facing humanity. Europe must play a lead role in developing an effective global response under the aegis of the United Nations to deal with this menace,” he said.

8: 10 pm: Embassy of India in Berlin highlights India-Germany economic relations.

7:55 pm: PM Modi tweets he has reached Germany.

PM Modi and Chancellor Angela Merkel will discuss issues of mutual interest in an informal setting over dinner at Schloss Meseberg, an 18th-century palace, nearly 80 km northwest of Berlin.

7: 40 pm: PM Narendra Modi reaches Berlin in Germany.

(with inputs from agencies)

First Published: May 29, 2017 19:52 IST