German Foreign Minister: Europe Mustn't Comply with Trump's Policies

With an aim to boost India's economic engagements and to invite more investments, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a four-nation tour from May 29, starting with Germany. Our cooperation in areas like renewable energy is gaining momentum, ' Modi said. "Humanitarian forces must unite to combat the menace", PM Modi said after singing eight agreements with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. "The leaders had discussions that covered the bilateral agenda and how Germany can partner with India on its flagship programmes".

Prime Minister Modi, arrived in Berlin on Monday for the fourth India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations.

President Trump criticized Germany in a tweet early Tuesday, saying the US trade deficit with the European nation will change, as will Germany's spending on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and its military.

Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday said that India and Germany are eyeing a "quantum jump" in economic ties between the two countries.

Germany being an important economic partner, he said, "Germany is investing in under "Make in India" mission".

In a major boost to Merkel, who has been fighting against secessionist tendencies within the economic bloc since the Brexit vote in June a year ago, the prime minister praised her "strong leadership".

"Welcome role played by friendly countries in our development".

Modi, who is on a two-day visit to Germany, is in a black bandhgala.

"[US-German relations] are a strong pillar of our foreign and security policy, and Germany will continue working to strengthen these relations".

In a joint statement issued here after bilateral delegation-level talks between both sides, both leaders condemned terrorist violence in all its forms and manifestations.

Earlier, PM Modi received a ceremonial welcome in Berlin.

Merkel and Modi also discussed a number of issues like trade, skill development, cyber security and terrorism.

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