Prime Minister Narendra Modi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a bilateral meeting, seek to strengthen ties

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German chancellor Angela Merkel On Friday after a bilateral meeting, he said the two countries will work to further strengthen their ties in the field of technology, business and commerce.

Addressing the media after the fifth India-Germany biennial intergovernmental consultation, Prime Minister Modi praised the German Chancellor's contribution to strengthening Berlin-New Delhi relations.

The prime minister said that Germany's capabilities as a technological and economic power will impel India's efforts immensely, as its goal is to build New India by 2022, the 75th Independence Day of India.

The two leaders held discussions about new and advanced technology, artificial intelligence, skills, education and cybersecurity. The leaders also decided to increase cooperation in the fields of electronic mobility, fuel cell technology, smart cities, inland waterways and coastal management,

The prime minister added that the possibility of establishing new opportunities in the fields of river cleaning and environmental conservation was also discussed.

Merkel, on the other hand, suggested a teacher exchange program to further increase the 20,000 Indian citizens studying in Germany. 20,000 Indian citizens are studying in Germany. We would like to see even more. When it comes to vocational training, we also want to have an exchange of teachers, he said.

Merkel reiterated its commitment to work closely on sustainable development and climate protection.