The External Affairs Minister, Shri Salman Khurshid, is going to pay an official visit to Germany from 28-29 January 2013 and to Belgium on 30-31 January 2013.
During his visit to Germany, External Affairs Minister will hold bilateral discussions with German Foreign Minister, Dr. Guido Westerwelle and would call on the Chancellor of Germany, Mrs. Angela Merkel. He will also be meeting Dr. AnnetteSchavan, Minister of Education and Research and Mr. Klaus Wowereit, Mayor of Berlin.
India and Germany are celebrating 60 years of diplomatic relations.
During his visit to Belgium, External Affairs Minister will have bilateral discussions with the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Mr. Didier Reynders and with European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Vice President of the European Commission, Baroness Catherine Ashton.
Discussions will focus on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.
India and the European Union are bound by strong and friendly ties. India was amongst the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with the European Economic Community. Today, EU is one of our largest trading partners, and an important source of technology and home to a large and influential Indian Diaspora. Both sides endeavour to develop common approaches to address new and emerging challenges.
Germany, strategic partner of India since the year 2000, enjoys long-standing friendly relations based on common values of democracy, respect for fundamental rights and mutual trust.
India and Belgium share warm and friendly diplomatic relations, established in 1948. Bilateral relations are strengthened by regular interactions at high levels.