Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will be paying a bilateral visit to Germany on 10-12 April 2013 to participate in the second round of Inter Governmental Consultations with Germany. He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including Ministers and senior officials. Ministers of New & Renewable Energy, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Commerce, Industry and Textiles, External Affairs and Human Resource Development are likely to be part of the delegation.
The Prime Minister will arrive in Berlin on the evening of 10 April 2013 and will be hosted for dinner by the German Chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel. He will be accorded a Ceremonial Welcome at the German State Chancellery in the morning of 11 April 2013, after which he will jointly chair the Inter Governmental Consultations with the German Chancellor. In the evening the Prime Minister will bring the “Days of India in Germany” to an end at a cultural event being organised to mark this occasion. India and Germany have been celebrating the 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Various events under the Days of India in Germany were held from May 2012 to March 2013, under the four themes: Connecting Minds, Connecting Capabilities, Connecting Ideas and Connecting Cultures.
On 12 April, the Prime Minister will call on the President of Germany.
Relations between India and Germany have traditionally been cordial and close. With the establishment of the strategic partnership in 2000, 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 the Europe. India and Germany also work closely together in the international arena.