India, Germany discuss Pak, sign four agreements
New Delhi: India, Germany review security situation in Pak, Afghanistan; Iran denies Merkel’s plane overflight rights enroute to India
Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel (L) shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a meeting in New Delhi on May 31, 2011. Merkel is in India for a one-day visit during which she will receive Jawaharlal Nehru Prize for International Understanding 2009 from Indian President Pratibha Patil. AFP
India and Germany today reviewed the security situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asserting that terrorism will have to be fought “on all fronts and not selectively”.
Singh and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who arrived here this morning, held wide-ranging talks on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest. “We discussed the developments in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Terrorism is a serious challenge which will have to be fought on all fronts and not selectively,” Singh told a joint press conference with Merkel after the talks.
After the talks, India and Germany signed four agreements for cooperation in vocational education, medical research, science and technology and nuclear physics.
Asked about the use of nuclear energy, Singh said every effort would be made to ensure that all safety norms and generation and utilisation of nuclear energy are world class.
“Today our nuclear energy is three per cent of our total energy generation. Our capacity is less than 5,000 MW. We want to raise it to 20,000 MW by the year 2020,” Singh said.
He said if India has to meet the emission targets, the country will need a combination of nuclear energy and renewable energy sources. On the selection of a new IMF chief, the Prime Minister said he did not discuss the issue with Merkel but favoured “the best available” person regardless of nationality.