India, Germany discuss bilateral security, defence issues in Berlin

Indian Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane and German Ministry of Defence State Secretary Benedikt Zimmer chaired the India-Germany High Defence Committee (HDC) meeting in Berlin on Tuesday. The two sides discussed a range of bilateral security and defence issues, with a focus on developing the defence cooperation as a key pillar of the Strategic Partnership between India and Germany.

Giridhar Aramane and Benedikt Zimmer held talks on the regional situation and discussed on potential defence industrial projects and proposals, according to Ministry of Defence press release. The two sides stressed on the need for a closer defence partnership and connecting defence industries of India and Germany.

In a press release, Ministry of Defence stated, "They exchanged views on the regional security situation, discussed likely joint exercises with Germany in the Indo-Pacific, and deliberated on potential defence industrial projects and proposals."

"They emphasised on the need for a closer defence partnership and connecting the defence industries from both sides together. Of particular focus was the collaboration in high technology in defence," it added.

It came as the German Ambassador to India, Philipp Ackermann, thanked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday for his warm welcome to German singer Cassandra Mae Spittmann. He stated that it is great to see Germany's fascination with Indian culture expressed in Cassandra's beautiful voice.

During the meeting, Cassandra Mae performed the song Achyutam Keshavam and a Tamil song in front of the Prime Minister. At the same time, PM Modi was also seen enjoying the bhajan. PM Modi shared videos of his meeting with Cassandra Mae and her mother.


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