German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in the National Capital on Thursday night on a two-day visit during which she will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on various bilateral issues.
“Enriching the strategic texture of our relationship. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Delhi beginning her State visit to India during which she, along with PM @narendramodi will co-chair the 5th IGC. This would be the 5th meeting between the leaders within a year,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
Under the IGC format, the counterpart Ministers from both countries will hold initial discussions in their respective areas of responsibility. The outcome of these discussions will be reported on at the IGC Co-Chaired by the Prime Minister and the Federal Chancellor of Germany, MEA had earlier said in a statement.
The German Chancellor will also call on President Ram Nath Kovind in the evening.
Both, PM Modi and Angela Merkel will have a separate engagement with CEOs and business leaders of both countries.
India and Germany have established a Strategic Partnership that is characterized by a high degree of trust and mutual understanding. The two Leaders have regularly interacted on the sidelines of multilateral meetings.
Germany is a leading trade and investment partner. During the IGC, the two sides will discuss the deepening of cooperation in traditional sectors such as transport, skill development and energy, and explore possibilities for cooperation in newer areas like green urban mobility, AI, etc.
Modi and Merkel will also exchange views on regional and global matters of mutual interest, the statement said.