Berlin/New Delhi: India and Germany are to undertake development partnership projects in three African countries and one country in Latin America as part of the agreement on triangular cooperation signed between the two countries during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra has said. Briefing newspersons on the deliberations between PM Modi and Chancellor Olaf Schoz during the 6th Inter-Governmental Consultations, he said late on Monday that the two sides also discussed defence cooperation, with focus on co-designing, co-development, co-manufacturing, of different elements of Defence manufacturing.
“With regard to the triangular cooperation, essentially, it’s a conceptual frame in which India and Germany would come together to undertake development partnership projects in third countries. In this particular case, to start with, there are three African countries and one country in Latin America, where the initial projects would be undertaken. And depending upon our experiences in this, this will be carried forward,” he said. On Ukraine, he said that India has amply clarified its positions many times — on immediate and early cessation of hostilities and on diplomacy and dialogue for resolution of the conflict, which are the central pillars on India’s position.
He said that also it is “a question of balancing principles and interests, and I think our position and it takes care of our principles, is also our interest,” he added. On the migration and mobility agreement signed, he said it “has elements which essentially facilitates a movement of professionals between the two countries”. “It would also have elements in terms of looking at how the entire question of migration can be systematized between the two interior ministries. But yes, it does have elements which facilitates movement of professionals, leading to increase in trade in services, and maybe in some elements trade of goods also,” the FS added.