German Chancellor Merkel given ceremonial welcome

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday received a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi, ahead of her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Merkel is on a 3 days visit to the capital city of India and Bengaluru beginning Sunday, she meets Modi under the framework of  Indo-German Intergovernmental Consultations(IGC). This is the 3rd such meeting between the two nation. The earlier two meetings took place in Germany(2013) and in India(2011).

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External affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted, “Its a Guten Morgen in Delhi as Chancellor Angela Merkel receives a ceremonial welcome at the @RashtrapatiBhvn.”

“Prime Minister Modi has outlined an ambitious programme for the development of this nation and Germany fully intends to be a partner and support it,” a statement from Merkel’s delegation said during her ceremonial welcome.

Earlier, Modi tweeted, “Namaste Chancellor Merkel! Warm welcome to you and the delegation. I look forward to fruitful discussions and strengthening India – Germany ties.”

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