addressing the media after the 4th India Germany Inter-Governmental
Consultations in Berlin on 30 May, 2017 which was co-chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, and German
Chancellor Angela Merkel, responding to a question, Prime Minister Modi said Germany
and India are "made for each other." He explained the huge synergy
that exists between German capabilities and Indian requirements. He spoke of
India's pursuit of excellence in areas such as engineering, infrastructure and
skill development. Describing the values of innovation and democracy, as a
blessing for mankind, he said India and Germany share these values.
Prime Minister Modi appreciated
Chancellor Merkel's vision for Europe and for the world.
He said outcome oriented momentum is
perceptible in relations between the two countries.
The Prime Minister said foreign
investment from Germany to India is rising, especially for the Make in India
initiative. The Prime Minister said German partnership is important for the
Skill India Mission, with German parameters being "global benchmarks"
which are crucial for India. The Prime Minister said cooperation is also
envisaged in the sports arena, particularly in football.
The Prime Minister spoke of themes such
as climate protection and smart cities, which came up for discussion. He said
German innovation and Indian youth could together add great dynamism in the
The Prime Minister said a global order based on democracy is the need of the
hour, in an interconnected and interdependent world.
In response to a question on climate change, the Prime Minister reiterated
India's timeless values of nurturing and protecting nature. He recalled India's
commitment to generate 175 GigaWatts of energy from renewable sources by 2022.
Emphasizing the importance of protecting nature, the Prime Minister said
"playing with the well-being of future generations would be an immoral and
Earlier, during the IGC, Prime Minister Modi emphasized the big role that the
European Union has to play in nurturing a rule-based global order. Both leaders
shared deep concern over the global menace of terrorism, and decided to
strengthen mutual counter-terrorism initiatives.
The Prime Minister thanked Germany for support of Indian membership of export
control regimes. Themes such as clean coal, electric mobility, science and
technology cooperation, cyber-security and aviation security came up for
discussion. The consultations also touched upon Afghanistan and other global
Both countries signed 12 agreements. A comprehensive joint statement was also
issued, covering various aspects of the negotiations.