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Germany describes India as 'natural partner in rough sea'

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has described India as a "natural partner" that she believes will move alongside Germany to sail through "this rough sea", as the world continues to face uncertainty due to COVID-19 pandemic and Ukraine conflict.

"In this vibrant region, as the world's largest democracy and a rising political and economic power in Asia, for us India is the natural partner to sail this rough sea together. Because if you're going out on rough seas, you have to trust your partners," The visiting German minister made these remarks during the India Trilateral Forum in New Delhi on December 6.

On December 5, Minister S Jaishankar hosted the visiting Foreign Minister for bilateral talks at Hyderabad House.

German Foreign Minister endorsed the recent remarks made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that today "must not be an era of war".

"Today must not be an era of war. This was what the G20 leaders finally agreed at the end of the year, in Bali, loud and clear. And this statement didn't come from European partners. It was Prime Minister Modi who first said it to President Putin," she said.

Baerbock added that "today's era must not be an era of war because this is not the life we want to live and this is not the future we want to build on."

"One Earth, one family, one future - I think that's a great motto for your Presidency," she said, praising India for putting climate action, high on the agenda for its G20 Presidency.


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