Manmohan Singh, Angela Merkel agree on concluding India-EU FTA

Manmohan AngelaPrime Minister Manmohan Singh with German Chancellor Angela Merkel sharing a word during the Inter-Governmental Consultation at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin. (PTI)

"Both sides will therefore make strenuous efforts to achieve a consensus on trade facilitation by a balanced package of issues this year at the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference so as to ensure there is still a prospect of bringing the Doha Round to a conclusion," it said.

On the security front, both sides agreed to intensify further their exchange of views and experience on combating terrorism as well as their practical cooperation in this connection, also in the Indo-German Working Group on Counter-Terrorism as well as multilateral forums.

"In the light of new security challenges both sides are keen to intensify their security policy dialogue and exchange of views.

"Both sides expressed their keenness to enhance cooperation in the defence sector through dialogue and exchanges on matters of mutual interest, including in the area of defence technology collaboration," the statement said.

Germany and India reaffirmed that they will work together for a world without nuclear weapons, for universal and non-discriminatory global nuclear disarmament.

Both countries stress the importance of national and international efforts to reduce risks of nuclear and radiological terrorism.

Germany and India recalled their cooperation in the UN Security Council during 2011-12 and agreed to continue to collaborate in strengthening and reform of the United Nations and the multilateral system.

In this context, they reaffirmed their commitment to continue their efforts through the G-4 to reform the Security Council by expansion of both categories of its membership, and underlined their support for each other's candidature for permanent membership of an expanded Security Council.

The two countries condemned the North Korean nuclear test conducted on February 12 as a violation of Pyongyang's international commitments and call upon the country to respect its international obligations as set out in several the UN Security Council resolutions in this connection and to take urgent steps to deescalate the situation.

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