Terrorism is the gravest challenge which is faced by humanity today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday in an interview to German newspaper Handelsblatt.
PM Modi landed first in Germany as a part of his four-nation-tour. “We do have concerns regarding protectionist and anti-immigrant sentiments in the world. We are hopeful that they will be addressed,” Modi said in his interview to the country’s leading business daily.
“We live in an interconnected world. Movement of goods, capital, and people across borders is essential to our collective progress and to realize the benefits of globalization,” he expressed.
PM Modi also took to Facebook to express his expectations from the visit. “I am confident that this visit will open a new chapter in our bilateral cooperation with Germany and further deepen our strategic partnership.”
“Germany is a valuable partner in our development initiatives and German competencies fit well with my vision for India’s transformation,” he said.
Modi also hinted at India’s capability to become a member of the United Nation Security Council (UNSC).
“There is an urgent need to expand the Security Council,” he said, adding that India has all the credentials to become a permanent member of an expanded Security Council.
PM Modi asked Europe to ensure that the global economy “remains open for international trade and the free flow of investment and people”. India values its strong and multi-faceted relationship with both the United Kingdom and the European Union and is committed to further strengthening its ties with both the strategic partners, PM Modi added.
India and Germany have signed eight agreements together. “We are looking at outcome oriented momentum in India-Germany ties and a quantum jump especially in economic ties,” PM Modi said.
“Grateful for your support in fight against terrorism and climate change,” Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany said.