Modi's Berlin visit signals Asian pivot for Merkel

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday welcomed the analyses being done in various media fora about the performance of his three-year-old government, saying "constructive criticism" strengthens the democracy. Many agreements are expected to be signed.

According to Ambassador Ney, both countries cooperate closely in terms of G20 coordination, UN Security Council reforms, freedom of navigation, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos), strategic importance of the Indian Ocean region, the fight against terrorism, and stability in Afghanistan.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also visits Berlin this week, and the arrival of two leaders of rising Asian powers in the wake of Merkel's speech has prompted talk of an eastern pivot in previously firmly Atlanticist Germany. The last IGC was held in New Delhi in October 2015 when bilateral ties were significantly scaled up.

In India and China, Merkel sees the possibility of a partnership that would help slow down climate change and promote free trade, "Handelsblatt" claimed.

I will have the honour of calling on His Majesty King Felipe VI during this visit.

There are 1600 German companies active in India, and almost 600 joint ventures with Indian companies.

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The prime minister then referred to the launch by President Pranab Mukherjee of an analytical book on "Mann Ki Baat" two days back in the presence of Vice President Hamid Ansari, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and a number of other dignitaries.

From Russia, Modi will fly to Paris on June 2 evening and hold a bilateral meeting with French President Macron the next day. He will also visit France and Russian Federation.

"I look forward to meeting President Macron and have discussions on issues of mutual interest", Modi said. "One-twenty-five crore Indians can take pride that people belonging from all communities of the world are present in the country who reverberate the message of peace, unity and goodwill", Modi said.

"I thank those who have given critical and important feedback".

France is India's 9th largest investment partner and a key partner in its development initiatives in the area of defence, space, nuclear and renewable energy, urban development and railways. "I am glad lot of people shared their experiences with me", he added recalling his last edition Mann ki Baat.

  • Sonia Alvarado