We are committed to the free trade agreement between India and the EU

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived in New Delhi on Saturday for a two-day visit to India. On this occasion, he had a meeting with Prime Minister Modi. Later, he told the media that India and the European Union (EU) are committed to concluding a free trade agreement.

We are committed to free trade agreement between India and EU - German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

First Published Feb 25, 2023, 4:44 PM IST

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are working dedicatedly to bring about a free trade agreement between India and the European Union and are committed to it. He said that this is a very important issue and he will personally participate in it. Scholz arrived in Delhi on Saturday for a two-day visit. Had a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on this occasion. Later he spoke to the media.

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“India has made tremendous progress. It is very good for the relations between the two countries. A lot has changed since I last visited India till now. India is really developing. I, PM Modi have similar thoughts. We cooperated. We are discussing many things. “I am happy that India has got the presidency of G20 this year,” said Scholz.

“We need talent, we need skilled workers. IT and software sector is booming in India. Companies with good potential are here. India has a lot of talent. We want to benefit from that corporation. We want to recruit and attract those talented people in Germany,” he said.

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He reached India on Saturday to visit India for two days on 25th and 26th. This is the first time that the German Chancellor has visited India since the Intergovernmental Consultation (IGC) between the two countries started in 2011. Scholz met Modi the day after the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Referring to this matter, Scholz.. “The war has been going on for a year. This is a terrible war with a lot of destruction.. This is a big disaster,” he said. He said that the world is suffering due to this aggression. But we will do whatever we can to make the world a better place.

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On this occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the relations between India and Germany are based on deep understanding between the two countries. “We have a history of trade exchanges. Germany is our largest trading partner in Europe,” PM Modi said in a joint statement. Meanwhile, the EU and India last year renewed negotiations to create a free trade agreement with the aim of completing negotiations by the end of 2023.

Last Updated Feb 25, 2023, 4:44 PM IST

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