German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived in India on Saturday for a two-day visit that is anticipated to strengthen overall bilateral ties in a number of important areas, including innovative technology, clean energy, commerce, and investment.
At roughly 11.45 am, Scholz will have extensive discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the war in the Ukraine, the state of the Indo-Pacific region, and how to strengthen bilateral ties.
It is Scholz’s first trip to India after assuming office as German chancellor in December 2021, ending Angela Merkel’s illustrious 16-year reign. The ramifications of the Russia-Ukraine crisis are anticipated to be a major topic of discussion during the Modi-Scholz discussions, according to sources familiar with the general agenda.
The expansion of cooperation in trade, defence, clean energy, climate change, and new technologies will also be a major emphasis of the talks, according to the sources. The Indo-Pacific, a region that has seen rising Chinese aggression in recent years, is another topic that the two leaders are anticipated to discuss in depth.
On November 16 of last year, Modi and Scholz had private discussions in Bali, an Indonesian resort city, as part of the G20 summit. When Modi visited Berlin on May 2 of last year for the sixth India-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC), the two leaders first met in person.
In order to attend the G7 grouping’s yearly meeting, Modi then travelled to the Alpine castle of Schloss Elmau in southern Germany on June 26 and 27. Modi was invited by Scholz to the G7 conference, while Germany was the host nation.
In recent years, there has been a strengthening of ties between India and Germany in a number of significant areas. On Sunday morning, Scholz would depart for Bangalore, leaving the capital of Karnataka at roughly 5.30 p.m.