PM calls on German President, wraps up visit to Berlin

Last Updated: Fri, Apr 12, 2013 14:47 hrs

Berlin: Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh called on German President Joachim Gauck here on Friday before leaving for New Delhi after completing a three-day state visit to Germany.

The meeting between the two leaders took place in the Bellevue Palace, the office of the German President.

Both leaders are said to have discussed issues of mutual importance to the two countries during their meeting.

The Prime Minister is expected to arrive back in New Delhi at around 10.30 p.m. (IST).

During his visit to the German capital, five senior cabinet colleagues accompanied Dr. Singh. The Indian delegation was in the German capital for the second intergovernmental consultations with Germany.

On Thursday, India and Germany inked six key MoUs, including that for putting together Euro seven million for next four years towards joint research in the field of higher education and a pact for a soft loan of Euro one billion for strengthening the green energy corridor.

The signing of the Joint Declaration of Intent for development of Green Energy Corridors in India, Prime Minister said could be a milestone in the shared commitment to address 21stcentury challenges in the field of environment.

Dr. Singh urged the German Chancellor to take steps to resolve issues related to the Eurozone in the interests of developing countries.

He said multi-lateral trading systems will continue only when there is stability in the Euro zone.

Later, addressing the German and Indian Community on the occasion, Dr. Singh appealed to Germany and countries across the Europe to avail opportunities for investment in India.

Emphasing that India's concern is not merely its rate of growth, but also the quality of that growth and living conditions of the people both in health and education, Dr. Singh said: "We want our growth to be inclusive and sustainable. This is not just a social and political imperative, but also a sound economic underpinning for sustained long term growth. Therefore, we have placed a special emphasis on livelihoods, food security, healthcare, education, skill development and on clean and renewable energy."

"Our message to the world is clear: India remains open and welcoming to foreign investment. We are aiming to attract an investment of nearly one trillion dollars in infrastructure over the next five years," he said.

"I hope German companies and companies from across Europe will make good use of these opportunities and help accelerate our growth process to our mutual advantage," he added. 

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