Berlin: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid a courtesy call to German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier at his official residence in Berlin before leaving for Spain on the second leg of his four-nation trip.
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.
"Thank you, Germany! My visit has led to very positive outcomes in terms of furthering the close ties India and Germany enjoy," Modi said in his goodbye message as he left for Spain on the second leg of his four-nation tour which will then cover Russia and end in France.
Earlier, external affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted some photographs of the meeting.
"Reaffirming resolve for the strong and dynamic relationship. PM@narendramodi calls on President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at Castle Bellevue," Baglay tweeted.
"After fruitful bilateral engagements, PM @narendramodi concludes first leg of his visit, departs from Germany," he tweeted.
Modi's next stop is Spain where he will discuss with his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy ways to deepen bilateral engagement, including in the high-tech sector. This will be the first visit by an Indian prime minister since 1988.
From Spain, he will travel to St Petersburg in Russia on 1 June where he will hold the 18th India-Russia Annual Summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin and attend the St Petersburg International Economic Forum on 2 June.
The prime minister will be in Paris on 2 and 3 June where he will hold official talks with newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron with a view to further strengthening India-France strategic ties.
Earlier, Modi was received by German chanceller Angela Merkel at the Chancellery for the fourth Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) during which the two leaders reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral issues and clinched 12 agreements.
Eight of the declarations of intent were signed by senior ministers and envoys in the prime ministerial delegation in the presence of the two leaders while the others were confirmed on the sidelines.
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.
"The world can't move forward without innovation and we believe innovation and democratic values are a guarantee for development. India and Germany have both in our blood and we will move together in that direction," Modi said at the conclusion of the IGC, a format he likened to the Pragati meeting he holds in Delhi.
The two leaders issued a joint statement at the end of their deliberations, in which they agreed to further strengthen the strategic partnership between India and Germany by deepening cooperation on foreign policy and security issues as well as on sustainable development and enhanced trade and investment ties.
Merkel later hosted Modi over a luncheon meeting with senior leaders followed by the inauguration of the Indo-German Business Summit, where Modi set out India's stall as an investment-friendly destination and the world's fastest growing major economy and a "bright spot in the economic landscape of the world".
Here's a list of the MoUs signed during the Germy trip —
1.JDI on Cooperation in the Field of Digitalization, Empowerment and Economic Impact
2.Collaboration on Training of Indian Skill Development Officers and Cluster Managers
3.JDI on Indo-German Centre for Sustainability
4.JDI on German Indian Cooperation on Cyber Policy
5.JDI on Indo-German Development Cooperation
6.JDI on continuation of cooperation in the field of advanced training of corporate and junior executives from India
7.JDI on Cooperation in Vocational Education and skill development for Machine Tools
8.Cooperation in Health Sector
9.Cooperation in Alternative Medicine
10.JDI on Collaboration between Foreign Service Institutes
11. JDI on Cooperation in Railway Safety
12.JDI on Cooperation for Sustainable Urban Development
Published Date: May 30, 2017 21:35 PM | Updated Date: May 30, 2017 22:57 PM