No country can be victorious in Russia-Ukraine war, said PM Modi in Germany
NewDelhi: No country can emerge victorious in the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Germany on Monday. He said I am appealing for an end to the war, and emphasized that India supports peace. PM Modi met German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Monday in which the two leaders are expected to exchange views on strategic, regional and global developments. PM Modi reached Germany on Monday morning on the first leg of his three-nation Europe tour.
Modi will also visit Denmark and France. PM Modi's Europe visit is taking place in the midst of the Ukraine crisis, on which almost the whole of Europe is united against Russia. On his arrival in Berlin, PM Modi inspects the guard of honor in the courtyard of the Chancellor's Office (Chancellory) where he is holding talks with Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The Prime Minister's Office tweeted, "Expanding India-Germany cooperation. PM Narendra Modi and Chancellor Olaf Scholz met in Berlin.
Germany is eying partnership with India with a G-7 invite in bid to isolate Putin. Germany, which currently holds the rotating G-7 presidency, will also welcome the leaders of Indonesia and South Africa in the Bavarian Alps from June 26 to June 28,
Despite concerns over the prime minister’s reluctance to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and a recent increase in India’s fossil-fuel imports from Russia, Scholz decided the G-7 should invite India, according to sources close to the matter.
Given India’s growing population and long democratic tradition, Germany sees India as a potentially valuable partner in efforts to isolate Russia, said sources. Scholz also sees an opportunity to work closely with Modi in other policy areas such as climate change and defense and other geostrategic matters along with bilateral trade.
This is PM Modi's first meeting with German Chancellor Scholz, who took office in December 2021. Earlier, the two leaders had met at the G20 meeting last year, when Scholz was vice-chancellor and finance minister. Modi and Olaf will co-chair the 6th India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC) event. IGC was started in 2011. It is an exclusive biennial mechanism that allows the governments of both countries to coordinate on a wide range of bilateral issues. Many ministers of both the countries will also participate in this program. The Ministry of External Affairs said that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will also participate in the meeting. PM said that in the year 2021, India and Germany celebrated 70 years of diplomatic relations and both the countries have been strategic partners since 2000. "I look forward to extend this by holding talks with Chancellor Scholz” said Modi.