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India-Germany Hold Defence Talks
May 30, 2015

India and Germany held talks to expand the Defence Cooperation between the two countries in New Delhi recently. The talks were held between the delegations of the two countries led by their respective Defence Ministers. The Indian side was led by Manohar Parrikar and the German side by Dr (Ms) Ursula von der Leyen.  The German Defence Minister was on a 3-day official visit to India.

  • Cooperation between the Armed Forces of the two countries, partnering of Germany in the Make-in-India initiative in the defence sector and supply of state-of-the-art equipment/technology were some of the prominent issues discussed by the two Defence Ministers.

  • Both sides also exchanged their perceptions on the evolving geo-political events having impact on the security situation.

  • The German Defence Minister also visited the Western Naval Command in Mumbai.

The German Defence Minister also called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She conveyed Germany's keen interest in collaborating with India in defence technology and equipment, including defence manufacturing in India, cyber security and maritime cooperation. 

Narendra Modi reiterated that India considered Germany as a vital economic partner, including in areas like skill development and manufacturing. He invited German companies to take advantage of enormous opportunities of defence manufacturing and defence research and development in India.


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