German foreign minister to discuss India’s relations with China and Russia

India and Germany have concluded intergovernmental talks on development cooperation.

New Delhi:

A visit to German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock will discuss India’s relations with China, which have been strained since the Galwan Valley incident and the war between Russia and Ukraine amid the global fallout from the conflict between Moscow and Kiev.

According to the press statement released by the German embassy in India, during the two-day visit, Baerbock will talk with her Indian counterpart, S Jaishankar, about India’s relationship with China in addition to the Russian war against Ukraine and its consequences, for example in the energy sector .

The visit of the German foreign minister is planned against the background of the global consequences of the Russian offensive war in Ukraine.

Cooperation in the energy transition away from oil, coal and gas will also play a role, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said in Berlin on Friday. In this context, Baerbock will visit projects for renewable energy and sustainability in the rural environment of the capital New Delhi, the statement read.

According to the spokesman, the minister will also visit the Indian Election Commission. Meetings are also planned with civil society representatives and non-governmental organizations working for women’s rights.

The spokesman added that the minister will also participate in a trilateral India forum of the transatlantic foundation German Marshall Fund, which will deal with cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. The forum is an annual gathering of American, European and Indian experts from politics, think tanks and business in various locations. It has developed into a leading platform for transatlantic and European dialogue with India, the statement said.

Earlier, on December 1, Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar met with the German Ambassador to India, Philipp Ackermann.

According to Mr. Jaishankar, the German ambassador is enthusiastic about strengthening ties between Germany and India.

Mr Jaishankar tweeted: “Good to meet German Ambassador Philipp Ackermann this afternoon. Welcome his enthusiasm for expanding relations between India and Germany.”

In particular, India and Germany have completed intergovernmental talks on development cooperation.

In May, Germany and India took their cooperation to a new level by entering into a Green and Sustainable Development Partnership (GSDP) signed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, according to the German Embassy in India.

Under the GSDP, Germany has expressed its willingness to support India with new and additional pledges of at least EUR 10 billion until 2030. Earlier on November 30, Philipp Ackermann announced that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz intends to launch a bilateral visit to India.

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