India –German Likely to Sign 20 Agreements: Merkel

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A number of agreements will be signed between India and Germany signifying their broad-based ties and the ‘very close’ relationship between the two countries, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday.

Angela Merkel made the remarks after being received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhawan where she was accorded a ceremonial welcome after arriving Delhi on Thursday night on a two-day visit.

While speaking to reporters with Prime Minister Modi by her side, Merkel said that she was delighted to be in India for the fifth Inter-Governmental Consultations.

She said, “I would like to thank the Prime Minister for the very warm and gracious welcome with which we have been received here. This is my fourth visit to India and I look forward to a very interesting programme.”

The German Chancellor further said that Germany and India have been cooperating for many years and will build on this cooperation in the future adding that both the countries are linked by very close ties. She said, “We will have discussions on issues of mutual interest. We also have the opportunity of signing a number of MoUs and agreements that show that we have a very broad-based and deep relationship.”

Merkel will be holding talks with Modi on a host of bilateral issues and nearly 20 agreements are expected to sign between the two countries, the sources said, as reported by news agency PTI.

Merkel will call on President Ram Nath Kovind in the evening and will also hold a meeting with the prime minister at his Lok Kalyan Marg residence.

On Saturday, the German leader will meet a business delegation and visit Continental Automotive Components India Pvt Ltd in Manesar near Gurgaon.Before heading home, the chancellor will also visit the Dwarka Sector 21 Metro Station.

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