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Prime Minister Modi and German Chancellor agree to focus on climate and green energy | Latest India News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz agreed on Wednesday to diversify bilateral cooperation and focus on collaborations in the area of ​​climate action and green energy.

In his first telephone conversation with the German leader since taking office, Modi congratulated Scholz on his appointment and praised the “immense contribution” of his predecessor Angela Merkel to strengthening the India-Germany strategic partnership.

Modi said he looked forward to “continuing this positive momentum under the leadership” of Sholz, according to a reading from the Indian side.

“They looked at the potential of on-going cooperative initiatives, especially to promote investment and trade links. They agreed on the potential to further diversify cooperation and exchanges into new areas, ”the text said.

“In particular, they expressed the hope of launching new cooperative initiatives in the fields of climate action and green energy, to enable the two countries to meet their respective climate commitments.”

Modi and Scholz also agreed that there is “a significant synergy between the governance priorities announced by the new German government and India’s own economic vision”. Modi also said he looks forward to meeting Sholz soon for the next meeting of the bilateral intergovernmental consultations.

“I spoke to @OlafScholz today and congratulated him on taking office as German Chancellor. I look forward to working with him to further strengthen the India-Germany strategic partnership and to meet him soon for the 6th intergovernmental consultations, ”Modi tweeted after the conversation.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar met with his counterparts from Australia, Bhutan, Indonesia and Maldives and reviewed bilateral relations.

“A New Years call with Australian FM and Quad partner @MarisePayne. Confident that 2022 will see even greater progress in our relationship, ”Jaishankar said in a tweet.

“A warm conversation and exchange of New Year’s greetings with @FMBhutan. Assessed the continued progress of our development partnership. Our unique relationship is even stronger in the midst of the Corona challenge, ”said Jaishankar of his conversation with his Bhutanese counterpart Tandi Dorji.

Jaishankar tweeted that he had had a “good conversation” with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, and that they had agreed to move bilateral relations forward. He said they had also exchanged views on the situation in Myanmar and Afghanistan, and would work closely together within the G-20 troika.

Italy, Indonesia and India currently form the G20 troika. Italy held the presidency of the G20 in 2021, Indonesia chairs it for 2022 and India will take over in 2023.

“I recognized the great progress of bilateral cooperation in my interview with FM @abdulla_shahid. Its mutual benefits are very visible. I conveyed my New Year’s greetings to the people and government of the Maldives, ”Jaishankar tweeted of his conversation with his Maldivian counterpart.