Indo-German Relations

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    Germany keen on closer defence, civil nuclear ties
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    NEW DELHI: Germany intends to step up its engagements in a wide range of fields from solar energy to intelligence sharing and even civil nuclear cooperation with several high-level bilateral engagements lined up in the coming months.

    German Ambassador Thomas Matussek said this in an interaction with journalists of The Hindu here.

    In order to sweeten the offer of 126 fighter planes by a European consortium, Germany, which heads it, is thinking of pushing for civil nuclear cooperation in areas of interest to India.

    �After the Nuclear Suppliers Group clearance, I don�t see any impediment. In some areas, we can make offers you can�t refuse,� he said.

    While the multi-billion dollar contract for fighters is the cynosure of Berlin�s attention, it is also keen on promoting the prospects of Europe-based companies on other tenders for military hardware. Mr. Matussek took up with the government the impasse in awarding the tender for refuellers for Airbus and has professed interest in promoting the German company HDW for the coming order for submarines. �We hope we will be able to get the submarine deal. It will be easier since we shelved the deal with Pakistan,� he said.

    German National Security Adviser Christoph Heusgen would begin his official engagements here on Monday centring on removing bureaucratic hurdles in exchange of real-time information on terrorism and promoting closer cooperation on the civilian side, especially in view of the coming conference on Afghanistan next month.

    �Exchange of information is important. By doing that we had fortunately prevented a major thing [terrorist incident] here. By watching real-time flows of intelligence, we foiled six-seven cases in Germany. But often the bureaucracy stands in the way of greater practical partnership,� said Mr. Matussek.

    The visit early next year by German President Hoerst Koehler would focus on issues such as a proposal to set up a massive solar plant in the Thar Desert on the lines of the Sahara desert project by a consortium of German companies. �We are putting up a huge solar field in northern Africa over an area of 40,000 sq. km., which would meet all the energy needs of the European Union by 2050. We can do that in the Thar Desert,� Mr. Matussek, who took charge of his new post last month but is familiar with the country as he had served as the Press Attache between 1983 and 1986. Germany was also keen on promoting its �hidden champions� � companies that had been active in India but not been in public limelight � such as Bosch and Bombardier.
     
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    Germany planning multiple pacts with India

    Chennai: The state visit of German President Horst Kohler early next month to India will see the two countries inking cooperation agreements in the areas of economy, technology and defence training.

    "We will sign an agreement on economy-technology cooperation worth euro 350 million (USD 508 million/Rs 23 billion) and one to fight terrorism," German ambassador to India Thomas Matussek told a news agency.

    According to him, Germany has offered to train Indian commandos in fighting terrorists.

    "Two or three more agreements are in the pipeline. Agreements will be broad frameworks. The actual work will have to be done by the corporate sectors of both the countries," Matussek added.


    "Bilateral trade between India and Germany is around euro 15 billion (USD 22 billion/Rs 992 billion) and is expected to grow further."

    Kohler and his wife Eva Luise have been invited by President Pratibha Patil, will visit Delhi, Mumbai and Pune.

    "Chennai will figure in their itinerary in their next visit as we find the centre of dynamics has shifted to the south to a large extent as compared to other regions in India," Matussek said.

    He also described Chennai as an important hub for German investments after Pune.

    On his three-day visit here after assuming office last November, Matussek had met Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, business leaders, people involved in the field of culture and members of Centre for Security Analysis, a security think tank.

    "Germany will cooperate with India in the field of nuclear safety and civil nuclear cooperation. The details are still being worked out. India has an impeccable non-proliferation record and so we agreed to its civil nuclear deal with the US."

    Regarding trade in defence equipment, Matussek said Germany was ready to offer aircraft and submarines to India.

    He said his country would also offer full technology for the multi-role fighter jet Typhoon and even start manufacturing the aircraft in India without insisting on end-user agreement.
    Additionally, according to him, Germany was willing to provide solar power technology to India. "Talks are on between the two governments."

    Matussek also called for further liberalisation of India's insurance and retail sectors to enable German companies play a bigger role in these areas.

    "India has leapfrogged from an agricultural society to knowledge economy. We are ready to bring in cutting-edge technologies in infrastructure building, renewal energy and vocational training at the shop floor level," the German envoy added.

    "India is no more a client for German business but a strategic partner. More than one billion people are living in a dangerous neighbourhood and no global system can work without India, whether it is climate control, terrorism or international financial order."

    Matussek, who was in India between 1983-86, added: "A lot has changed since then. India was then considered a sleeping giant and it has now woken up. The giant has a great role to play not in this region alone but at the global stage."
     
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