The President of the Federal Republic of Germany, H.E. Mr. Joachim Gauck will be paying a state visit to India from 4–9 February, 2014 at the invitation of the President H.E. Shri Pranab Mukherjee. President Joachim Gauck will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including Ministers, Member of Parliament and business leaders.
President Joachim Gauck will arrive in New Delhi on the evening of 4th February, 2014. He will inspect a Guard of Honour at Rashtrapati Bhawan on 5th February, 2014, after which he will visit Rajghat to pay homage to the Father of the Nation. The President of Germany will meet H.E. Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, President of India and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. The Vice-President, Leader of the Opposition and UPA Chairperson will call on the President.
The President will also visit Karnataka from 7–9 February, 2014 where he will have a meeting with Governor of Karnataka among other engagements.
Relations between India and Germany have traditionally been cordial and close. India and Germany are strategic partners since 2000. With the commencement of Inter-Governmental Consultations in 2011, there has been significant progress in all areas of bilateral cooperation through regular high-level exchanges at the Head of Government level, cooperation in strategic areas, growing economic and commercial ties and increased interaction in the fields of education, science and technology, culture and people-to-people relations. Germany continues to be India’s largest trading partner in Europe. India and Germany also work closely together in the international arena.
January 31, 2014