Third Inter-Governmental Consultations underway: PM Modi, German Chancellor Merkel begin discussions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in India for the third Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC). Merkel is accompanied by her sernior federal ministers and a strong business delegation, and was received in India by the Minister of State for Finance, Jayant Sinha at the Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi.

Just days after India unveiled its climate action plan targeting to cut its greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 33-35%, climate change negotiations and financing for clean energy will be one the focal points of discussion between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Merkel on Monday.

It is likely that the two countries may ink a deal on cleaning and rejuvenation of River Ganga that has been discussed earlier this year with ministry of water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation.

According to officials from the ministry for environment, forests and climate change (MoEF&CC) PM Modi and Chancellor Merkel’s joint statement will include the key take-away’s from their discussion on climate change ahead of the Paris climate summit in December.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi met German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is on a two-day visit to India, at the Hyderabad House here on Monday.

The German Chancellor will take part in the third Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) between India and Germany.

Prime Minister Modi and Merkel will hold discussions on a wide range of issues of mutual interest, including deepening bilateral engagement in defence, security, education, renewable energy, skill development and agriculture.

Merkel is expected to convey the concerns of German industries in proceeding with planned investments in India. Both leaders are also likely to exchange views on regional and global issues, including climate change.

The German Chancellor, who received a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtraparti Bhavan here earlier in the morning, said that her country fully intends to support the ambitious program that Prime Minister Modi has outlined for the development of this nation.

Prime Minister Modi had on Sunday said that he looks forward to fruitful discussions with the German Chancellor.

Merkel would later in the evening call on President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here.

She would depart for Bengaluru, Karnataka, at 6 pm. Merkel would visit the Robert Bosch Engineering and Innovation Centre in Bengaluru on Tuesday. She would also attend a business forum organised by Nasscom and Frauenhofer Institute, Bengaluru.

India and Germany are strategic partners since 2001. Germany is India’s largest trading partner in the European Union and the seventh largest foreign investor in India.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has conveyed Germany’s intention to fully support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious program for the development of India. She said that the two leaders co-operate on areas such as economy, agriculture, internal security, development, defence and financial relations.

Merkel said that the Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) between India and Germany will demonstrate that the two countries co-operate very closely and on a broad basis.

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