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PM Narendra Modi-Angela Merkel joint statement: Highlights

LiveMint logoLiveMint 30-05-2017 Agencies

Berlin: Germany wants to develop ties with India and this should not be at the cost of its trans-Atlantic relationship, chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday after meeting India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who called Berlin “a very reliable partner”.

Merkel talked about developing cooperation with India and added: “That’s of huge importance and in no way directed against any other relationships and certainly not against the trans-Atlantic ties, which have historically been very important for us and will remain so in future.”

On Monday, Merkel underlined her doubts about the reliability of the United States as an ally but said she was a “convinced trans-Atlanticist”, fine-tuning her message after surprising Washington with her frankness a day earlier.

Here are the major highlights from Modi-Merkel join statement.

■ India has proved to be a reliable partner. We have been able to deepen cooperation: German Chancellor Angela Merkel after talks with PM Modi.

■ There has been a quantum jump in Indo-German economic cooperation: Modi.

■ Terrorism poses a grave threat to future generations. Humanitarian forces must unite to combat the menace: Modi.

■ 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.

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