Narendra Modi calls Angela Merkel to congratulate her on assuming office as German Chancellor for fourth term

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday, called German Chancellor Angela Merkel to congratulate her on assuming office for the fourth successive term.

An official release said Modi lauded "the strong leadership" provided by Chancellor Merkel to Germany, and the pivotal role played by Germany in European affairs during her tenure.

File image of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Getty Images

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Getty Images

"Prime Minister Modi reiterated his commitment to continue working with Chancellor Merkel for deepening and strengthening the Indo-German bilateral relationship," the release said.

The Prime Minister also said during the telephonic conversation that he is looking forward to his forthcoming meeting with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who will be on a State Visit to India from 22 to 26 March.

Merkel was officially reelected as the German Chancellor with the majority of lawmakers in the Lower Parliament backing her candidacy in a vote last week.

The majority vote in the Bundestag allowed the Christian Democratic Union leader to embark on her fourth term at the helm of German politics following months of negotiations with the Social Democratic Party (SPD) that culminated in the revival of the so-called grand coalition.

In a secret ballot, 364 of the Bundestag's 709 members had voted in favour of Merkel—nine more than the 50 percent required, CNN had reported.

Updated Date: Mar 22, 2018 09:13 AM

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