German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for 3-day India visit

Expected to have high-level talks on defense, security and trade relations with PM Modi.

October 04, 2015 10:42 pm | Updated March 24, 2016 05:03 pm IST - New Delhi

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is received by the Minister of State for Finance, Jayant Sinha, on her arrival, at the Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi on Sunday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is received by the Minister of State for Finance, Jayant Sinha, on her arrival, at the Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi on Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she arrived here on a three-day visit, saying he looked forward to strengthening the bilateral ties on Sunday.

The two leaders will hold wide-ranging talks on Monday to significantly scale up bilateral relations in an array of key sectors with special focus on boosting trade, security and defence ties.

The talks are likely to focus on deepening bilateral engagement in defence, security, education, renewable energy, high technology, skill development, science and technology, railways, water and waste management, urban development and agriculture. India and Germany are strategic partners since 2001.

Merkel’s three-day visit here comes around six months after Modi’s visit to Germany and there have been expectations of “path-breaking results” from the summit-level Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) between the two leaders who have been pushing for unlocking the potential and taking the ties to higher trajectory.

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