Modi speaks to German Chancellor Merkel

Modi speaks to German Chancellor MerkelFRANKFURT: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who extended a standing invitation to him to visit Germany for an official bilateral engagement.

During his “technical halt” here, Modi, who is on his way back after attending BRICS Summit in Brazil, spoke to the German leader from his hotel Steinberger and invited her to India for India-Germany Consultations (IGC) next year.

The Prime Minister wished Merkel on her 60th birthday today.

Modi, who could not meet the German Chancellor when he made a overnight stopover in Berlin while en route to Brazil because she had to go to Rio de Janeiro for the FIFA World Cup final, also congratulated her on Germany’s splendid victory.

Describing the talks as “fruitful”, the officials said the Prime Minister conveyed that India regards Germany as a very important partner and that his government will work closely with the German side to strengthen and deepen the bilateral strategic partnership.

On her part, Merkel has invited India to participate as ‘Partner’ country in Hanover Trade Fair in 2015. . Modi invited Merkel to visit India in 2015 for the third meeting of the India Germany Consultations which she accepted.

“Germany is India’s valued friend & I look forward to working with Chancellor Merkel to make India’s relations with Germany stronger,” Modi tweeted after his conversation with Merkel.

The two leaders also briefly discussed areas of bilateral cooperation including through skill development, officials said.

The two leaders agreed to meet at the earliest opportunity.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said the Prime Minister had a fruitful and frank conversation with Chancellor Merkel.

Merkel extended a standing invitation to the Prime Minister to make an official bilateral visit to Germany. –PTI

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