Another DNA Article:
PM to flag off year of India in Germany
Arati R Jerath
Thursday, April 20, 2006 22:47 IST
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will flag off an “India Year” in Germany when he opens the Hannover Trade Fair with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday.
India is the partner country in the Fair and with participation by 300 top engineering firms, it intends to make a huge splash at the world’s biggest industrial exhibition.
But it’s not only the famed Hannover Fair that will fete India this year. In May, India will be the flavour at Bonn’s cultural festival. Then comes the Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest exhibition of books. And India will be the focus country.
Finally, India will feature as a major destination at the World Travel Mart. Showcasing India will be at the top of the PM’s agenda on his three-day visit to Germany, beginning Saturday. He will also take the opportunity to further India’s strategic partnership with Germany.
The Indo-US nuclear deal will figure in his talks with Merkel. Germany has privately expressed some reservations on India’s efforts to join the elite nuclear club. Most of its queries revolve around the Iran nuclear controversy and India’s position on the issue.
MEA officials said the PM will use the trip to explain India’s position. He will particularly stress on India’s galloping energy needs while reiterating that India cannot support nuclear proliferation in the Iran context. On his way back, he will stop for a day in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.