Germany: Merkel and Indian PM Modi open Hannover Messe together

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke of her government's desire to strengthen ties with India as she opened the Hannover Messe trade fair alongside Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Monday. India was chosen as this year's partner country at the Hannover Messe, which is the world's largest industrial trade fair. On the second day of the Indian prime minister's visit to Germany, Modi accompanied Merkel in opening the Hannover Messe, after which both leaders took a tour of the event site. During her address, Merkel said India demonstrates that "prosperity, democracy and innovation" can be coalesced and expressed Germany's interest in a multifaceted cooperation with the country. Speaking directly to the Indian prime minister, Merkel said that "Germany, with its entrepreneurs as well as its employees and its policy-makers, is prepared to develop this partnership [with India] intensively and to shape it". Germany is India's largest European trading partner, with trade generating an estimated € 15.9 billion ($16.8 billion) in 2014. Around 400 Indian industry representatives, as well as around 6,500 exhibitors from 70 nations are expected to attend the fair.

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