Delegation From German Parliament (Bundestag) Calls on Lok Sabha Speaker at Parliament House

New Delhi, 31 January : A Delegation of the German Parliament (Bundestag), led by Mr. Raph Brinkhaus, President of the German-Indian Parliamentary Friendship Group, called on the Lok Sabha Speaker, Shri Om Birla at Parliament House, today. Referring to the long-standing ties between India and Germany, Shri Birla said that the ties between the two countries are based on shared values and common goals.

In the context of the 70th anniversary of establishment of Indo-German diplomatic relations in 2021 and completion of 50 years of India- Germany Parliamentary Friendship Group, Shri Birla appreciated the contribution of German parliamentarians in strengthening parliamentary relations between the two countries. He added that India and Germany have a ‘Strategic Partnership’ since 2000, which has been further strengthened through consultations between Heads of Government since 2011. Shri Birla expressed happiness that the current German government has held consultative talks with India which is a commendable initiative for bilateral relations between the two countries. He further said that India wants to further strengthen the parliamentary cooperation between the two countries.

Shri Birla also mentioned the convergence of views of India and Germany in upholding democratic values, rules-based international order, multilateralism and reform of multilateral institutions. He added that India is the largest democracy in the world. Referring to the country’s democratic heritage, Shri Birla said that India has a centuries-old democratic heritage, due to which it is known as the ‘Mother of Democracy’ around the world.

Describing ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ as the eternal message of India, Shri Birla said that ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’ will be the main theme for the G-20 meeting to be held this year. He added that this year the P-20 meeting of Speakers of the Parliaments of G-20 countries will also be held in India. Shri Birla hoped for the active cooperation from the German Parliament as a Member of the P-20.

Talking about the relationship between the two Parliaments, Shri Birla said that as vibrant, pluralistic democracies, India and Germany can play an important role in tackling new and emerging global challenges. Referring to the contribution of Indian diaspora living in Germany, Shri Birla said that over the years, Germany has emerged as a preferred destination for Indian students and researchers seeking higher education including science and technology. He further said that NRIs have displayed merit in the field of science and research. Shri Birla expressed happiness that NRIs living in Germany are discharging their responsibilities while working in various fields.