Berlin, May 30: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel at her country retreat near Berlin during his 2-day visit to Germany. “Had a very good interaction with Chancellor Merkel,” Modi tweeted after his meeting with Merkel. The Ministry of External Affairs said that the two leaders discussed Brexit, terrorism among other issues.
“The two leaders reviewed Brexit, its effects on both India and Germany as well as the future of the EU. There was discussion also on issue of radicalisation and terrorism and each country’s experience in dealing with this,” the MEA said in a statement.
Modi had arrived in Berlin on Monday marking the beginning of his six-day, four-nation tour of Germany, Spain, Russia and France. In an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt, he had urged Europe to play a lead role in tackling the menace of terrorism. “Europe has been hit hard by terrorism. To our mind, terrorism is the gravest challenge facing humanity. Europe must play a lead role in developing an effective global response under the aegis of the United Nations to deal with this menace,” Modi said.
Chancellor Merkel will host lunch for Modi and the Indian delegation of ministers on Tuesday. Prime Minister Modi will depart for Hotel Adlon Kempinski at Palaisaal to attend the Indo-German Business Summit 2017. From the summit, Modi will depart for Castle Bellevue to meet German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. After meeting with the German President, the Prime Minister will depart for Berlin Tegel Airport to start his Spain tour.