All eyes turned to high profile visitor in Berlin and Brandenburg geared up to welcome Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi raising curtain to Modi’s power packed EU trip to Germany, Denmark and France. Although it’s his first foreign trip this year, Modi hasn’t lacked for international attention lately. There has been a steady flow of foreign dignitaries in India over the past few months, with both EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meeting Modi over the past two weeks.
In quieter times, those visits would still make strategic sense: Western leaders have long courted India for its potential economic benefits. Nowadays, those trips amount to a loosely coordinated persuasion campaign, as India’s neutral position on Russia’s war in Ukraine has awakened the West to the reality that not all powers see the world the same way Washington and Brussels do.
The war has also put India in an enviable position: making the West desperate to supply the country with weapons, getting discounted oil and other commodities from Russia, and even receiving diplomatic overtures from China.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed and interacted with the Indian community in Germany at the Theatre am Potsdamer Platz, Berlin. More than 1600 members of the vibrant Indian community in Germany consisting of students, researchers and professionals from every corner of Germany participated in the event. Prime Minister noted their contribution to Germany’s economy and society and enthused them to contribute to India’s “Vocal for Local” initiative by promoting Indian products globally.
Following the meeting with Scholz, Modi visited Denmark to meet with the leaders of the Nordic countries at the two-day India-Nordic summit. Afterward, he visited French President Emmanuel Macron.
For German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, it is his second meeting with a leader of an Asian democracy in the space of a few days, following his trip to Japan last week to meet Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
Scholz praised India as Germany's central partner in Asia and said that "close cooperation with India on global issues is something I very much wanted to continue and to expand."
The agreements covered issues ranging from technical assistance to increase the use of renewable energy and hydrogen, to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting biodiversity and improving agricultural land use.
Germany will make €10 billion ($10.5 billion) available for bilateral cooperation with India in the coming years, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on Monday after welcoming Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Berlin.
He headed to France on Wednesday, where he met with newly reelected French President Emmanuel Macron and mark 75 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
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