German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to visit India today

Frank-Walter Steinmeier to visit India

NEW DELHI: German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will arrive in India from German on March 22, Thursday on a five-day visit. This is the first visit to India of Frank-Walter Steinmeier as the Germany President after the Angela Merkel government taking charge in Berlin on March 14,2018.

According to the report, Steinmeier will interact with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top politicians. He will also interact with Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj including representatives of Indian civil society, science and industry. President Steinmeier will be welcomed by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife at New Delhi today.

After arriving in Delhi, He will be departed for visiting Varanasi which is the PM Modi’s Lok sabha constituency and Chennai.

“India’s relationship with Germany is amongst our foremost relations, bilaterally and in the global context. After having established Strategic Partnership since 2000, successive governments on the two sides have endeavoured to broaden and deepen this relationship. This has found expression in having biennial Summit Level Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC), which Germany has with select countries only,” a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs said.

According to the statement issued by MEA, India’s current priorities in most areas match with German expertise, such as renewable energy, skills development, Smart City, water and waste management, cleaning of rivers, railways, etc. These could be synergised for tangible, result-oriented outcomes, it said.

Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron visited India and signed several trade and security deals with New Delhi.

“India needs Germany to invest in its infrastructure, renewable energy projects, skills development and water management,” Jain said.