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Second India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations, April 11, 2013

April 03, 2013

Germany is the largest economy in Europe and is India’s largest trading partner in the EU. India and Germany share a strategic partnership based on shared values of democracy, freedom, mutual trust and cooperation. India was one of the first countries in the world to end the state of war with post-war Germany on January 1, 1951 and full diplomatic relations were established in the same year. Both countries reached the milestone of 60 years of diplomatic relations in 2011-12. To commemorate this important landmark in the history of Indo-German relations, Germany celebrated the Year of Germany in India from September 2011 to January 2013 while India celebrates the Days of India in Germany from May 2012 to April 2013.

Indo-German bilateral relations continue to grow at a steady pace with several high-level visits from both sides. Chancellor Merkel visited India from May 31 – June 1, 2011 for the first round of Intergovernmental Consultations. During the visit, Chancellor Merkel had discussions with PM and also called on the President. She was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding for the year 2009. She ‘soft-launched’ the Year of Germany in India 2011-12 along with the Speaker of Lok Sabha Smt. Meira Kumar.

Chancellor Merkel was accompanied at the Intergovernmental Consultations by the German Federal Ministers of Transport, Building & Urban Development; Interior; Defence; Education & Research; Parliamentary State Secretary for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear safety. They held discussions with their counterparts. The following Indian Ministers were present along with Prime Minister: Finance Minister; Home Minister; Raksha Mantri; HRD Minister and MOS, Ministry of Environment and Forest. A day prior to the Intergovernmental Consultations German Foreign Minister held discussions with External Affairs Minsiter.

The second round of Intergovernmental Consultations is scheduled to be held on11thApril 2013 in Berlin where Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will be leading a five-member Ministerial delegation from the Indian side. Germany is the only country with which India has such a format of high-level discussion. The visit is expected to impart significant momentum to bilateral relations. During the visit, Prime Minister will also bring to a close theDays of India in Germany.

Read more:
  1. Visit of Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel to India, May 2011
  2. List of documents signed at the 1st India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations


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