Merkel, minister stress United States ties after critical Trump tweet

The two sides also issued a joint statement after Modi and Merkel held the fourth India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC). He also said a global order based on democracy is the need of the hour, in an interconnected and interdependent world.

Merkel's remarks were meant to signal a new way of approaching transatlantic relations with both the US and the the latter prepares to leave the European Union, a spokesman for the German leader confirmed on Monday. "Had a very good interaction with Chancellor Merkel", PM Modi said in a tweet after his meeting which began by signing of the visitors' book at Schloss Meseberg.

Both leaders also underlined their determination to ease bilateral trade and investment and pointed to the potential of open markets and the importance of investment protection for foreign investors for deepening trade relations and for attracting investments to the mutual benefit of both countries.

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.

Discussions on climate change and the possibilities of including India in the G 20 contact also took place. PM Modi also lauded Germany's presence in Afghanistan to provide stability in that country.

Merkel on Tuesday reiterated her sense that Europe must seek new alliances, telling reporters in Berlin, "The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days".

"Transatlantic ties are of paramount importance to us. but the current situation gives more reasons to take our destiny in our own hands", she said, stressing that "Europe must become a player active in global affairs".

Both Merkel and Gentiloni stressed that a more prominent leadership role for Europe did not necessarily mean any less cooperation with the United States.

Soon after her comments, Trump swiftly blasted Germany over trade imbalance. "This will change (sic)".

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that Germany wanted to develop its ties with India, but said this should not be at the cost of its trans-Atlantic relationship.

Germany is the only country with which India has such an institutionalized dialogue mechanism.

  • Leroy Wright