Trump views Germany as political opponent - senior SPD lawmaker

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, welcomes the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, right, with military honors for a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, May 30, 2017. This statement has given after holding the inter-governmental dialogue to set a roadmap for bilateral strategic ties.

Merkel did not mention Trump specifically, but she made it clear that her realization had come "in the last few days".

Merkel said India knows climate change is a major challenge for all of us.

Then, Both the leaders have exchanged their views on China "One Belt, One Road", initiative and climate change during the informal talks at Schloss Meseberg.

India can learn from Germany's success story when it comes to football, according to Modi.

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.

Germany over the years has made huge investment in its youth system, producing some of the worlds best football players.

Addressing the press after fourth India Germany Intergovernmental Consultation, Prime Minister Modi earlier in the day asserted that it consider Germany as its reliable and key partner. "The figures speak for themselves", she said.

"Our relations have regional and global perspective". On local issues, there were discussions on how India-Germany must together standby strengthen rule based global orders.

The Prime Minister of India, speaking on his tour to Germany, lauded the Bundesliga and the current FIFA World Cup champions. Peace in Afghanistan and the importance of an the "Afghan-led and owned reconciliation and development process" was touched upon, with the prime minister expressing appreciation over the German presence in Afghanistan and calling for a consolidation of efforts in the country, Tomar said. After his meeting with Merkel, he is expected to make a courtesy call to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Modi's tour also leads him to Spain, France and Russian Federation - but not to former colonial power Britain.

  • Leroy Wright