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Frankfurt 18 October, 2019: The Indian Parliamentary Delegation (IPD) led by Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla, halted briefly in Germany today on its way back from Belgrade, Serbia after participating in 141st Assembly of Inter Parliamentary Union. The Indian Parliamentary Delegation held an informal meeting with the Indian community in the financial and cultural capital of Germany, Frankfurt. Shri Birla thanked the Government and the people of Germany for supporting and popularizing Indian culture and heritage in Germany. He added that Germany and India have historic cultural and diplomatic ties and that these ties are strengthened by the Indian Diaspora settled in Germany.

Shri Birla underlined that Germany and India are writing a new chapter in their relations in this new century. Shri Birla said that the Indian Embassy in Germany along with other Indian organisations have played a key role in strengthening cultural and educational ties along with political and economic relations between India and Germany. He expressed happiness that in the last 4-5 years many high level meetings had reinforced relations between the two countries.

Taking note of the close relations between India and Germany, Shri Birla said that just as Bollywood films have made a mark in Germany, India has received support from Germany in its Make in India program. Shri Birla informed them about steps being taken to strengthen the Indian economy. Dispelling doubts over worldwide economic recession, he added that the Indian Government is always ready to deal with any situation. Mentioning about the lowering of Corporate Taxes, Shri Birla assured that India has the capacity to cope with any economic problem. He added that Indiaís rank has improved considerably in the World Bankís Ease of Doing Business. He hoped that economic cooperation between the two countries would improve in the coming years.

Shri Birla further said India and Germany have had historical Parliamentary ties. After the formal establishment of the Indo-German Parliamentary group in the German Bundestag in 1971, the relationship between the two countries has improved constantly. Shri Birla said that recent tours undertaken by Parliamentarians to each otherís countries have strengthened the bilateral bonds between India and Germany.



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