At a joint press event on Monday afternoon, Federal Chancellor Scholz and the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a positive assessment of the interim result of the 6th German-Indian governmental consultations in Berlin. The consultations started on Monday morning, and will be concluded with a dinner held by the Federal Chancellor for the Indian Prime Minister on Monday evening.
Expanding the close cooperation
Federal Chancellor Scholz and Prime Minister Modi stressed their intention to further expand the close political and economic cooperation between Germany and India, and to seek involvement of other countries, in particular with regard to climate protection.
After signing a joint declaration of intent for a partnership for promoting green and sustainable development, the Federal Chancellor explained that both countries wanted to benefit from each other’s experience and expertise, and to collaborate to support third states in Africa, Asia and other regions. Scholz said that over the next 10 years, Germany would be providing 10 billion euros for realising measures and projects in the context of this new partnership. He continued to point out that it had also been decided to further increase cooperation in the area of green hydrogen with a German-Indian task force.
The importance of rules-based international order
In view of the continued Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, the Federal Chancellor used the press event as an opportunity to appeal to Russia’s President Putin once again: “Stop this war! Put an end to this senseless killing! Withdraw your troops from Ukraine!” said the Federal Chancellor in the presence of the Indian Prime Minister Modi.
Russia had called basic principles of international law into question with its attack on Ukraine, making it all the more necessary to highlight the importance of rules-based international order, in particular in view of other parts of the world, such as the Indo-Pacific region. The Federal Chancellor continued to say that Germany and India agreed in this matter, as well as with regard to defending the rule of law and democracy around the world.
Prime Minister Modi pointed out that the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine had demonstrated the fragility of international relations and the extent of mutual dependence in this day and age. He spoke of India’s hope for a ceasefire in Ukraine in the near future, and said that dialogue was the only way to achieve peace. Not least in view of the increase of energy and food prices around the world, Modi added that there would be no winner in this war.
Great potential of migration and skilled professionals
In conclusion, both heads of state highlighted their agreement to form a German-Indian migration and mobility partnership. “This is Germany’s first agreement of this type,” said the Federal Chancellor.
Planning provides for the next governmental consultations to take place in New Delhi in 2024.