During her visit to India, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock will discuss India’s relationship with China and the consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.
Baerbock will arrive in India on Monday morning for a two-day visit. Russia’s aggression in Ukraine is the backdrop to the German FM’s visit.
In an interview, a spokesperson for Germany’s Federal Foreign Office said the two-day visit will focus on cooperation in the energy transition away from oil, coal, and gas. Baerbock will also visit renewable energy and sustainability projects in rural areas surrounding the capital city, according to the embassy.
Baerbock is expected to discuss India’s relationship with China along with the Russian war against Ukraine and its consequences, such as in the energy sector, with her Indian counterpart, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.
A visit to the Election Commission of India is also expected by the Minister. According to the official statement of the German Embassy, Baerbock plans to meet with representatives of civil society and non-governmental organizations working for women’s rights. Additionally, the spokesperson noted that the Minister will participate in a trilateral Indo-Pacific forum of the transatlantic foundation German Marshall Fund.
India showed its willingness to use its weight at the G20 summit in Bali. “The G20’s clear stand against the Russian invasion of Ukraine is due in the end to India,” said Baerbock before leaving for India, according to German broadcaster DW. A majority of the world’s largest economies are represented in the G20, which is officially chaired by India.
It is an annual gathering of American, European, and Indian experts from politics, think tanks, and business. The platform has developed into a leading platform for transatlantic and European dialogue with India.
Jaishankar met with the German ambassador to India Philipp Ackermann last week. The German ambassador is enthusiastic about strengthening ties between Germany and India, according to Jaishankar.
Intergovernmental talks on development cooperation between India and Germany have been completed.