German Chancellor to arrive in New Delhi today

November 14th, 2007 - 3:01 am ICT by admin  
During her visit, Merkel will meet Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, where issues pertaining to Climate Change and Terrorism are likely to come up for discussion.

The Indo-US civil nuclear deal is also expected to figure in the talks.

Germany, an influential partner of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), favours that India should be given access to nuclear fuel for peaceful uses of energy but in a way that does not affect the NPT system.

The two sides will also sign 12 agreements and Memoranum of Understanding (MoU).

It is believed that discussion will also be held on issues related to the situation between India and Pakistan, and Afghanistan, where New Delhi is significantly contributing to the rebuilding process there.

It is Merkel’s first visit as chancellor to India, which is emerging as an important market for Germany with bilateral trade increasing by 50 per cent last year.

On Tuesday, Merkel be given a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan. She will also lay a wreath at Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial at Rajghat.

Later, Merkel will inaugurate the Science Express, a mega exhibition of German scientific achievements on wheels that will cover over 50 cities, at Safdarjung Railway Station.

The heads of leading German academic and scientific institutions - Max Planck and Helmoltz will be accompanying Merkel.

The German Chancellor is also scheduled to meet President Pratibha Patil and the Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, besides meeting External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherji, Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi and the Leader of the Opposition L K Advani.

Merkel will meet the captains of industry before leaving for Mumbai. (ANI)

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