German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock is in India for two days.
The talks will cover a variety of topics, including India’s relationship with China and the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
The relationship between India and China, as well as Russia’s conflict against Ukraine and its ramifications, are likely to be discussed by visiting German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock with her Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on Monday.
Baerbock arrived in India for the first time on Sunday, amid the worldwide fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Cooperation in the energy transition away from oil, coal, and gas is also expected to appear in her conversations with Indian counterparts, according to a Foreign Office spokeswoman.
“India’s relationship with China is expected to be reviewed in addition to the Russian war against Ukraine and its ramifications,” notably in the energy industry, according to the official.
In a farewell statement, Baerbock said, “There is no doubt that India will have a decisive influence on defining the world order in the twenty-first century – in the Indo-Pacific and beyond.”
I’m in India just a few days after it assumed the G20 chairmanship during the last week of Germany’s G7 presidency. My speeches will therefore also concentrate on the most pressing issues of our time: controlling the climate disaster and safeguarding our rules-based international order,” she said.
At the G20 Summit in Bali last month, India “showed that it is ready to play its role worldwide,” according to Baerbock.
“India is ultimately responsible for the G20’s sharper stance against Russia’s actions in Ukraine.” Despite its internal social issues, India is a role model and a bridge for many countries throughout the world as an emerging economic force and a robust democracy. “And an excellent German buddy,” she continued.
She emphasised that the Indian government has set aggressive goals in the G20 and at home, and that it wants to accelerate the energy transition even more than previously. “Germany is standing by India. Because the devastating repercussions of the climate problem affect us all, affecting lives in both Europe and India,” she explained.
In addition to initiatives to increase economic, climate, and security policy collaboration with India, Baerbock will sign a mobility agreement in New Delhi, making it simpler for people from both countries to study, conduct research, and work in each other’s country.
Baerbock will tour renewable energy and environmental projects in and around New Delhi, as well as the Election Commission. She will also meet with members of civil society and non-governmental organisations who advocate for women’s rights.
She will also take part in a German Marshall Fund trilateral India forum centred on Indo-Pacific cooperation.