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PM Modi seeks quantum jump in economic ties with Germany, 8 pacts signed

German chancellor says India had proved to be a reliable partner and the two sides had been able to deepen cooperation.

india Updated: May 30, 2017 20:27 IST
Press Trust of India, Berlin
Modi-Merkle,Prime Minister Narendra Modi,German chancellor
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with German chancellor Angela Merkel in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Tuesday.(AFP Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sought “outcome-oriented” momentum in Indo-German ties and a “quantum jump” in economic relations, as he held wide-ranging talks with German chancellorAngela Merkel on key issues like trade, skill development, cyber security and terrorism.

“Pace of development of our relations is fast, direction positive and destination clear. Germany will always find India as powerful, prepared and capable partner,” Modi said at a joint press interaction after holding talks with Merkel.

The two sides also signed a joint declaration of intent on cyber politics, development initiatives, sustainable urban development, continued development of cluster managers and skill development, cooperation in the field of digitalisation, cooperation in the field of railway security, promoting vocational training and continued cooperation on an Indo-German centre for sustainability.

Modi, who along with Merkel held the fourth India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC) to set a roadmap for the bilateral strategic ties, said they conducted a comprehensive review of bilateral relations.

“We are looking at outcome oriented momentum in India-Germany ties and a quantum jump specially in economic ties. We had wide ranging discussions today. India-Germany partnership will help our nations and also help the world,” he said.

Merkel said India had proved to be a reliable partner and the two sides had been able to deepen cooperation.

Talking about the threat of terrorism, Modi said humanitarian forces must unite to combat the menace.

First Published: May 30, 2017 18:39 IST