German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived in New Delhi on Saturday and held wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Scholz and Mdoi held talks on a wife rankge of subjects with a focus on boosting the bilateral ties in the areas of clean energy, trade and new technologies. Scholz is on a two visit visit to India — his first to India after he became the German chancellor in December 2021.
Earlier, Modi received Scholz at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, where the German leader was accorded a ceremonial welcome.
PM @narendramodi receives German Chancellor @Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz for a ceremonial welcome at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan.— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) February 25, 2023
Chancellor Scholz’s visit is an opportunity to further deepen the multifaceted India-Germany Strategic Partnership. pic.twitter.com/Uz6oaaWreh
In a tweet, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said Scholz's visit is an opportunity to further deepen the multifaceted India-Germany strategic partnership.
He said, "PM Narendra Modi welcomes Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz at Hyderabad House for bilateral talks. Focus of the talks will be on strengthening bilateral cooperation, building on the Green and Sustainable Development Partnership and economic partnership, and forging closer ties in defence."
The Modi-Scholz talks began at around 11:50 am.
Ahead of the discussions between the two leaders, officials said the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the situation in the Indo-Pacific region are also expected to figure prominently in the deliberations. They said the talks will also focus on expanding cooperation in the areas of trade, defence, clean energy, climate change and new technologies.
In later tweets, Bagchi said, "Leaders will review progress on key outcomes of the 6th IGC held in May 2022. Will discuss ways to strengthen defence and economic cooperation, enhance talent mobility and widen S&T collaboration. This is the fourth time that the two leaders are meeting in the span of a year, underscoring the mutual commitment to growth of the Indo-German partnership."
PM @narendramodi holds talks with German Chancellor @Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz.— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) February 25, 2023
Leaders will review progress on key outcomes of the 6th IGC held in May’22. Will discuss ways to strengthen defence & economic cooperation, enhance talent mobility and widen S&T collaboration. pic.twitter.com/QYWC50bFOp
Modi and Scholz held bilateral talks in the Indonesian resort city of Bali on November 16 last year on the sidelines of the G20 summit. The first meeting between the two leaders took place during Modi's visit to Berlin on May 2 last year for the sixth India-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC).
It was followed by Modi's visit to the Alpine castle of Schloss Elmau in southern Germany on June 26 and 27 to attend the annual summit of the G-7 grouping. Scholz invited Modi for the G7 summit under the German presidency.
The ties between India and Germany have been on an upswing in a range of key areas in the last few years.
Scholz will leave for Bengaluru on Sunday morning and is set to depart from the southern city at around 5:30 pm.
(With PTI inputs)