Modi, Merkel discuss key issues of mutual importance

Team India Sentinels Wednesday 6th of January 2021 11:39 PM

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a video-teleconference with his German counterpart Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday and discussed key issues of mutual importance including the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, bilateral ties, regional and global issues, particularly India-EU relations.

Mr Modi appreciated the long-standing role of Chancellor Merkel in providing stable and strong leadership at the European and global stage, and thanked her for guiding the growth of the India-Germany Strategic Partnership, an official statement said here on Wednesday.

He briefed Chancellor Merkel on the developments in India with regard to vaccine development and assured Chancellor Merkel of India’s commitment to deploy its capacities for the benefit of the world.  

The prime minister also conveyed his best wishes for early containment of the new wave of infections in Germany and other European countries.

He welcomed Germany’s decision to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA), and expressed his desire to further strengthen cooperation with Germany under the platform of Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).

Noting that this year marks the 70th anniversary of setting up of bilateral relations between India and Germany and 20th anniversary of the Strategic Partnership, the two leaders agreed to hold the sixth Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) at an early date in 2021 and to set an ambitious agenda for the same.          


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