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On last day of India tour, Merkel pledges 1 billion euros on green urban mobility

Angela Merkel said, "Whoever has looked at pollution in Delhi yesterday would find very good arguments to replacing diesel buses with electric buses".

On the last day of her India visit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed a business meeting in New Delhi where she said her country will spend one billion euros ($1.12 billion) in the next five years on green urban mobility projects launched under the new Indo-German partnership, Reuters reported.

Merkel also declared that Germany will give Euros 200 million for the introduction of electric buses in Tamil Nadu. “We will also earmark Euros 200 million to reform bus sector in Tamil Nadu. Whoever has looked at pollution in Delhi yesterday would find very good arguments to replacing diesel buses with electric buses,” she added.

On Friday, Merkel and Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. In a joint statement, India and Germany called for a halt to “cross border movement of terrorists” and asked all countries to ensure that their territory is “not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries”. This was the more robust joint statement than the one issued two years ago.

Merkel also said she would discuss the issue of Kashmir with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The situation for the people on the ground as of now is not good for the long-term, this certainly has to change,” she said, adding that she would advocate “de-escalation and relaxation”.

Friday’s statement also indicated that Germany has moved closer to India’s position on Afghanistan, as they agreed on the need for “dismantling of terrorist safe havens and sanctuaries”.

total of 17 agreements were signed in the fields of agriculture, maritime technology, ayurveda and yoga, among others. Besides, five joint declarations of intent, including cooperation on strategic projects, green urban mobility, artificial intelligence and prevention of marine litter, were also signed.

After their meeting during the day, Modi said: “We have resolved to intensify bilateral and multilateral cooperation to deal with terrorism and extremism.” Later, the two leaders met over an official dinner hosted by the Prime Minister.

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