New delhi, Oct. 5 — India and Germany inked 18 pacts for cooperation on Monday in various fields, including solar energy, security, higher education, civil aviation, railways and food safety.
The deals were signed at a ceremony attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
In the field of clean energy, Germany has offered India 1 billion euros each for the country’s green energy corridor and solar projects.
“German strengths and India’s priorities are aligned. And, so is our mutual goodwill. I admire German leadership in clean energy and commitment to combating climate change,” Modi said.
Stating that the two countries can be strong partners in a sustainable world, Modi said: “German engineering and Indian IT can create the next wave. We share values and sense of responsibility.”
For her part, Chancellor Merkel said both countries made the best possible use of time. “We have been able to sign so many agreements.”
Expressing gratitude for India’s welcome of small- and medium- sized German enterprises, the visiting leader said: “Economic relations are of great importance.”
“We believe that India’s experience in digitization will help us. There is great room for further projects,” she added.
On energy projects, the German chancellor said cooperation in the field is very much in the foreground. “But sustainable development can only be ensured when you are not neglecting your rural areas,” she said.
Merkel, who is on a three-day tour to India for the third inter- governmental consultations, is accompanied by senior ministers and a big business delegation.