Indian PM praises Merkel's 'vision', urges climate action
- Author: Leroy Wright May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 2:22
"EU unity, proactiveness and strong relations with other countries is extremely important for global development".
He said, there were discussions on how India and Germany must together strengthen rule based global orders.
Merkel last week had said that reliable ties forged since the end of World War II "are to some extent over".
Those comments, which caused shock in Washington, vented Europe's frustration with Trump on climate policy in particular.
The remarks came soon after G7 and NATO summits, where news reports suggested that not all was well between her and Trump, who is leading the USA towards a more protectionist stance on economic issues and has called for NATO to pay for their share of expenditure of the Atlantic alliance. "Stand against the interest of the European Union".
The two countries are also not on the same page on climate policies.
On Tuesday, Trump responded to a barrage of recent statements from Berlin, saying in a tweet: "We have a massive trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay far less than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military".
"Transatlantic ties are of paramount importance to us... but the current situation gives more reasons for... us to take our destiny in our own hands", she said, stressing that "Europe must become a player active in worldwide affairs".
On Monday, Merkel clarified her much-debated speech, saying that transatlantic relationships were "of paramount importance" to Berlin, although Europe must also act independently. "Very bad for US This will change". "We seek active participation of Spanish industry in various Indian projects including infrastructure, smart cities, digital economy, renewable energy, defence and tourism", PM Modi had said ahead of embarking to the four-nation tour.
India, which has been liberalising its foreign direct investment policy, received a total of Dollars 43.5 billion worth of FDI in fiscal ending March 2017.
"Everything that happens in India - politically, economically and socially - has, because of the country's size and importance, a direct impact on the whole world, including us".