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PM Modi thanks Merkel for global leadership

  New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a video-teleconference with his German counterpart, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister appreciated Merkel’s long-standing role in providing stable and strong leadership at the European and global stage, and thanked her for guiding the growth of the India-Germany strategic partnership.

The two leaders discussed key issues of mutual importance including the response to the Covid pandemic, bilateral ties, regional and global issues, particularly India-EU relations, said a release from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

The Prime Minister briefed Chancellor Merkel on the developments in India with regard to vaccine development and assured Merkel of India’s commitment to deploy its capacities for the benefit of the world.

He conveyed his best wishes for early containment of the new wave of infections in Germany and other European countries.

The Prime Minister also welcomed Germany’s decision to join the International Solar Alliance, and expressed his desire to further strengthen cooperation with Germany under the platform of Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure.

Noting that this year marks the 70th anniversary of bilateral relations and 20th anniversary of the strategic partnership between the two countries, Modi and Merkel agreed to set an ambitious agenda for the sixth inter-governmental consultations to be held at an early date in 2021.