India, Germany agree to boost industrial cooperation

Merkel, Modi to hold talks to boost trade, business ties

"Chancellor Merkel's difficulties in standing without support are known and lately, she has been seen seated at ceremonial events, both at home and overseas, which would have normally required her to stand", a government official familiar with the development told a leading portal.

The German leader who is on a three-day visit sealed 17 MoUs and five Joint Declarations of Intent covering a wide range of issues including agriculture, education, marine science and heritage conservation.

A number of agreements will be signed between India and Germany signifying their broad-based ties and the "very close" relationship between the two countries, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.

Michaela Kuefner, the Chief Political Editor at DW, Germany's global TV channel, tweeted that in a "modest pre-dinner criticism of the Kashmir clampdown, Merkel said that "the Situation for the people there is unsustainable and not good".

Merkel also said, "While "economic relations" have increased, Merkel said they could be "intensified even more", while referring to the fast-track mechanism".

The talks are the fifth in a series of biennial bilateral summits between Germany and India. "In order to sustain the positive developments and to achieve the ambitious targets of the Indian government to provide 175 GW power from renewable energy until 2022 and 450 GW in later years and of the German Government to provide 80% of total power generation from renewable energy by 2050", the statement said.

"Not sustainable and not good": German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized New Delhi's clampdown in Kashmir during her visit to India.

India and Germany have acknowledged the need to further deepen bilateral defence cooperation as strategic partners to jointly address global and regional security challenges.

Before heading home, the chancellor will also visit the Dwarka Sector 21 Metro Station. The pact has been in discussion for years.

Eric Schweitzer, president of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), earlier said India had enormous potential but there has been uncertainty among companies after an investment protection agreement between the two countries ended in 2016.

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