Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of the German Government, on the 1st of November, shared her views about Jammu and Kashmir’s current situation.
Ms. Merkel addressed the media and said, “As the situation at this moment (in Kashmir) is not sustainable and not good, this has to change for sure.”
Since the Government of India (GoI) scrapped Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Territory is under the governance of the Central Government, with restrictions in the State and the detention of local political leaders.
Some foreign lawmakers, including those from the United States of America (U.S.A.,) also have the same concern about the restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir.
Angela Merkel’s comments came before her “restricted meeting” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Ms. Merkel was on a visit to India for the fifth Inter Governmental Consultations (IGC.)
Ms. Merkel attended the IGC, met Indian leaders, the German business community and other leaders during her 2 day visit.
Ms. Merkel also signed a few agreements with the Indian Government in the fields of agriculture, maritime technology, Ayurveda and yoga.
Ms. Merkel said, “We will be happy to engage in big infrastructure projects which India is envisaging.”
Ms. Merkel is scheduled to visit the Dwarka Sector 21 Metro Station at 11:20 A.M., on the 2nd of November to review the solar panels installed on the terrace of the Metro station. The solar panels were funded by the German Government.
Christian Winkler, a Spokesperson for the German Embassy in New Delhi, said, “Germany is committed to the use of renewable energy. In that context, the German development bank KfW provided funds for the setting up of the photovoltaic project on top of the Metro station.” He further added, “We have also arranged for a demonstration of the e-rickshaw system for the chancellor. She will see how these battery operated vehicles function.”
After her Dwarka Sector 21 visit, Angela Merkel is scheduled to meet members of the German business community and a German company’s facilities in Manesar, Gurugram.
Angela Merkel is scheduled to return to Germany on the 2nd of November.
Stay tuned for further updates.