PM Narendra Modi talks to German counterpart Angela Merkel, discusses key issues of mutual importance including COVID-19 response

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (January 6, 2021) held a video-teleconference with his German counterpart Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and discussed key issues of mutual importance including the COVID-19 response.

“The two leaders discussed key issues of mutual importance including the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, bilateral ties, regional and global issues, particularly India-EU relations,” said the Prime Minister’s Office.

PM Modi also appreciated the long-standing role of Chancellor Merkel in providing stable and strong leadership at the European and global stage and thanked her for guiding the growth of the India-Germany Strategic Partnership.

The Prime Minister briefed Chancellor Merkel on the developments in India with regard to COVID-19 vaccine and assured Chancellor Merkel of India’s commitment to deploy its capacities for the benefit of the world. 

“He conveyed his best wishes for early containment of the new wave of infections in Germany and other European countries,” PMO added.

The Prime Minister welcomed Germany’s decision to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA), and expressed his desire to further strengthen cooperation with Germany under the platform of Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).

Noting that this year marks the 70th anniversary of setting up of bilateral relations between India and Germany and 20th anniversary of the Strategic Partnership, the two leaders agreed to hold the sixth Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) at an early date in 2021 and to set an ambitious agenda for the same.           

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