German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in New Delhi on a three-day visit on 5 October. She was given a ceremonial welcome by Prime Minister Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Later, the two leaders led their respective teams for the third Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) in Hyderabad House. Here they discussed a variety of issues, including deepening bilateral engagement in defence, security, education, renewable energy, skill development and agriculture.
Modi outlined an ambitious programme for the development of this country and Merkel, who is being considered the frontrunner in the race for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, fully supported it. Merkel said that she would cooperate with India on areas such as economy, agriculture, internal security, defence matters and financial relations.
Modi also took up the need to remove thorns in the way for early conclusion of a free trade agreement as the EU is keen on welcoming Modi next month.
Earlier, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj met the German Chancellor and Germany Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier.
Ahead of Merkel’s visit, Der Spigel put her on its cover in Mother Teresa’s saree and named her ‘Mutter Angela’.