Trump blasts Germany again over trade deficit, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Xavier Trudeau
Mai 31, 2017

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in talks in Berlin on Tuesday that India would stay in the Paris climate accord even if the United States pulled out, a delegation source said.

"Landed in Spain, marking the start of a very important visit aimed at improving economic and cultural relations with Spain", PM Modi tweeted in English and Spanish after landing here.

"Both (the German and Indian) governments are firmly committed to strengthening economic relations", Mr. Modi was quoted as saying in an interview with the Handelsblatt newspaper of Germany.

He added that "the global community really needs the chancellor's terms of the great challenges", also including terrorism.

On Sunday, Merkel showed the gravity of her concern about Washington's dependability under Trump when she warned, at an election campaign event in a packed Bavarian beer tent, that the times when Europe could fully rely on others were "over to a certain extent".

They also followed Chancellor Angela Merkel's warning on Sunday that the U.S. and Britain may no longer be reliable partners.

She stressed that diplomacy is not a zero-sum game and that while Berlin was building strong ties with the rising Asian powers, transatlantic ties remained "of paramount importance".

'India wants the world not just to be interconnected but also that it should be sensibly run, ' Merkel added.

Modi and Merkel led a joint cabinet meeting grouping foreign, economy, environment and other ministers in their fourth intergovernmental consultations - a format Germany has only with a few countries, also including China, Israel and France.

They covered areas of digitalisation, skill development, sustainability, cyber policy, development cooperation, advanced training, vocational education, health sector, alternative medicine, foreign service institutes, railway safety and sustainable urban development.

Germany is India's largest trading partner in the European Union and one of the leading sources of foreign direct investment into the country.

Two-way trade has more than tripled over the past decade to over 17 billion euros ($19 billion), of which German exports make up nearly 10 billion euros.

Modi met Steinmeier at Castle Bellevue, the scenic official residence of the German president located in Berlin's Tiergarten district on the banks of the river Spree, and signed the visitor's book before being given a tour of the castle.

Earlier in Berlin, asserting that terrorism is a big threat for the coming generations, Modi said all forces of humanity across the globe should come together to fight the menace as India and Germany condemned violence in all forms and agreed on the need to take measures against those who encourage, support and finance terror and provide safe havens.

"Everything that happens in India - politically, economically and socially - has, because of the country's size and importance, a direct impact on the whole world, including us".

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