Published: Tue, May 30, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Germany's Merkel calls for faster progress on EU-India trade deal

"One day after Donald Trump infuriated Angela Merkel and the rest of his G-7 peers, when the USA president refused to endorse the Paris climate treaty, prompting the German chancellor to say that “the whole discussion about climate has been hard, or rather very unsatisfactory. here we have the situation that six members, or even seven if you want to add the European Union, stand against one", Germany's prime minister made what many have dubbed, an "era-defining" statement. Very bad for US. "And both the countries are of the same view on how we should get together to deal with such kind of situations", Modi said.

Speaking after a meeting with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she went out of her way to laud the South Asian country as a "reliable partner" on major projects and noted that India was working hard to implement the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

"Europe and the world are facing lots of challenges and to fight those, India believes, the world needs the strong leadership of Chancellor Merkel", he said.

Modi and Merkel also attached particular importance to security, stability, connectivity and sustainable development of the blue economy in the Indian Ocean Region.

"There has been signing of a number of declarations of intent with 1 billion euros going into development cooperation between the countries", she told reporters.

Both countries, that are part of the G4, reaffirmed the urgent need for a comprehensive reform of the UN Security Council, including its expansion in both permanent and non- permanent categories of membership, to make it "more effective, efficient and responsive" to the existing challenges to worldwide peace and security and representative of the contemporary geo-political realities, the statement said.

The statement said both sides underlined the importance of freedom of navigation in worldwide waters, the right of passage and other maritime rights in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and other principles of global law, referring to the South China Sea dispute.

"Our cooperation in areas like renewable energy is gaining momentum", he said. "This would, inter alia, allow to establish provisions for the mutual protection of new foreign investments", the statement said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel had made waves in Berlin on Sunday, warning that the United States and Britain may no longer be completely reliable partners. He would, he said, introduce a 35 percent import tariff on cars produced outside of the USA, which would affect Germany's successful automakers.

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