2021 marks the 70th anniversary of establishment of bilateral relations between India and Germany

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held a video-teleconference with his German counterpart, Dr. Angela Merkel and discussed key issues of mutual importance including the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, bilateral ties, regional and global issues, particularly India-EU relations.

As per the Ministry of External Affairs, Prime Minister Modi briefed Chancellor Merkel regarding the vaccine development in India and assured her of New Delhi’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.

The Prime Minister 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 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.