Germany, India have broad-based links, will be based on close cooperation: Angela Merkel

NEW DELHI: A series of agreements between India and Germany will be signed that signify their broad ties and the very close relationship between the two countries, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel He said Friday.

She made the comments after being received by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the place where he received a ceremonial welcome after arriving here Thursday night on a two-day visit.

Speaking to journalists with Prime Minister Modi by his side, Merkel said she was delighted to be in India for the fifth intergovernmental consultation.

I would like to thank the Prime Minister for the warm and kind welcome with which they received us here. This is my fourth visit to India and I look forward to the very interesting program, he said.

Germany-India are linked by very close ties. We will have discussions on topics of mutual interest. We also have the opportunity to sign a series of memoranda of understanding and agreements that show that we have a very broad and deep relationship, said Merkel. said.

Germany and India have been cooperating for many years and will build on this cooperation in the future, said the German chancellor.

This is a very close relationship. We have great respect for this vast country and its diversity, he added.

Merkel will pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi in Rajghat later in the day.

He will then co-chair the fifth IGC with Prime Minister Modi, after which the two leaders will make press statements and a series of agreements will be signed between the two parties.

Merkel will hold talks with Modi on a series of bilateral issues and about 20 agreements between the two countries are expected to be signed, sources said.

Merkel will visit President Ram Nath Kovind at night and also hold a meeting with the prime minister at his residence in Lok Kalyan Marg.

On Saturday, the German leader will meet with a trade delegation and visit Continental Automotive Components India Pvt Ltd in Manesar, near Gurgaon.

Before returning home, the chancellor will also visit Dwarka Sector 21 subway station.

Before the visit, the German envoy to India, Walter J. Lindner, said that Modi and Merkel have a very good relationship and can talk on any subject. I don't want to anticipate what the two leaders will talk about.

I was answering a question about whether the topic of Kashmir will be discussed among them.