BERLIN [Germany]: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday thanked the German government for the hospitality during his “productive” visit to the country.
“My Germany visit has been a productive one. The talks with @Bundeskanzler Scholz were extensive and so were the Inter-Governmental Consultations. I got a great opportunity to interact with business and Indian community leaders. I thank the German Government for their hospitality,” he tweeted.
While leaving for the airport for his Denmark visit, PM Modi briefly met the members of the Indian community who had gathered at the hotel to bid him a farewell.
Notably, PM Modi arrived in Berlin on Monday on the first leg of his three-day Europe visit. He received a ceremonial guard of honour followed by a bilateral meeting with the German chancellor Olaf Scholz. This was their first engagement since Chancellor Scholz assumed office in December 2021.
The one-on-one meeting was followed by the IGC, the plenary session of which was co-chaired by PM Modi and German chancellor Scholz.
Addressing a press briefing on Monday, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra informed that the economy, ecology, trade, investment linkages, and green partnership were the central pillars on which the discussions focussed.
“The two leaders also shared their respective perspectives on developments on different issues, developing all over the world. This included the knock-on effects of the Ukraine conflict, particularly in sectors like food, energy, fertilisers, edible oil, etherol,” he said.
Moreover, Germany has made an advance commitment to provide 10 billion euros of new and additional developmental assistance in India until 2030 under the Joint Declaration of Intent (JDI) on Green and Sustainable Development Partnership signed between the two countries.
Modi seeks Indian diaspora’s
support for ‘Vocal for Local’, Khadi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the gathering at a theatre at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin sought the support for ‘Vocal for Local’ and Khadi, which was warmly received by the Indian community.
Dr Pravin Patil, a resident of Munich, said, “We gift our German friends Khadi and make sure that the awareness increases as well as demands.”
He also mentioned how Khadi demand has increased manifold in Germany over all these years.
“2024: Modi once more” echoed the theatre for long hours as the Indian diaspora showed their support for PM Modi.
“…felt overwhelmed after hearing Prime Minister Modi’s speech and we are happy to extend our support to our Prime Minister’s concept of Vocal for Local”, said Hardik Deora, a member of the Indian community in Berlin.”We will spread the word amongst our colleagues in Germany and support our Prime Minister in every possible way,” he added.
Another community member said that “although they are living in a foreign land the patriotism is intact and the community feel proud to represent Indian culture in every possible way”. I feel proud to be a Modi supporter, said another Indian in Berlin who attended the gathering at the theatre.
PM Modi has addressed diaspora events in several countries he has visited and has always sought to establish a stronger connection between Indians living abroad and India’s development journey.
“In Germany, we have been listening to PM Modi’s previous speeches in which he talks about welfare programmes. Now, hearing him live is a dream come true,” said another Indian living in Germany.
PM Modi’s speech received jubilant reactions from the Indian community residing in Germany as a part of his three-day visit to three nations.
The Indian PM arrived in Germany on Monday, where he took part in the 6th India-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC), along with German chancellor Olaf Scholz, which is aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two countries. (ANI)