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Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier to visit India

17.11.2008

Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will set off on a three-day trip (19 to 21 November) to India on Wednesday.

Talks will centre on bilateral, regional and current international issues. Particular attention will be paid to the current situation on the financial markets, as well as the role of the emerging economies in stabilizing the world economy and mastering global challenges such as climate change.

In bilateral terms, India and Germany are strategic partners. Relations are developing at a dynamic pace: the bilateral trade volume has doubled during the last three years to 12 billion dollars. And India's interest in Germany is considerable, as has been demonstrated by its guest of honour status at a whole series of major German events (2006 Hannover Messe, 2006 Frankfurt Book Fair, 2007 International Tourism Exchange and the 2008 ILA Berlin Air Show).

On the first leg of his trip, the Federal Foreign Minister will meet, among others, Prime Minister Singh, Foreign Minister Mukherjee and Opposition Leader Advani in New Delhi on Thursday (20 November). Furthermore, the Minister will have talks with representatives of civil society and trade unions.

On Friday (21 November), Steinmeier will fly to the southern Indian city of Bangalore, India's high-tech capital. Germany will be the first country to open a consulate-general in the city. There are already more than 120 German companies or Indo-German joint ventures in Bangalore, regarded first and foremost as the home of India's IT industry.

The Federal Foreign Minister will be accompanied by a high-ranking business delegation as well as a distinguished cultural delegation on his trip.

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