Manmohan Singh to chair second IGC between India, Germany in Berlin
Berlin: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will chair the second Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) between India and Germany here today.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will participate in the consultations. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid had earlier said that United Nations Security Council reforms could be high on the agenda for discussions during the bilateral summit. He said both countries will make efforts to achieve the goal within the Group of Four framework.
India and Germany are also likely to discuss the status of the European Union Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and hold talks on Afghanistan. During the visit, India will seek technology and expertise from Germany in the field of renewable energy. Berlin is also likely to extend a line of credit worth over a billion Euro in this regard.
Germany is keen about making investments and providing expertise on the Delhi-Mumbai Freight Corridor. The first round of Indo-German Inter-Governmental Consultations took place in New Delhi on May 31, 2011.
Expressing serious concern over the ongoing protests in Andhra Pradesh, following the nod for the creation of a separate Telangana State, the Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja said that the Centre must address the genuine concerns of the people and assure them that their interests will be duly protected.
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