Visiting India is like visiting 6th country in the world: German FM Annalena Bierbock

New Delhi: Starting her two-day visit to the national capital, German Foreign Minister Annalena Bierbock said India will have a decisive influence in shaping the international order in the 21st century, especially in the Indo-Pacific region.

Baerbock described India as “impressive” for lifting more than 400 million people out of absolute poverty in the past 15 years, and said it “shows that social pluralism, freedom and democracy are key to economic growth, peace and stability.”

“It is our job to work together to strengthen human rights,” Barebock said in a statement on her visit to India.

She said that we want to strengthen economic and security policy cooperation with India beyond strategic partnership, it is not an empty word.

The German Foreign Minister arrived here on Monday morning and is scheduled to hold wide-ranging talks with her Indian counterpart S Jaishankar.

Bierbock said the two sides would also sign a mobility agreement “that will make it easier for our people to study, do research and work in each other’s country.”

“Visiting India is like visiting one-sixth of the world. Early next year, India will overtake China as the world’s most populous country,” she said.

“There is no doubt that India will have a decisive influence in shaping the international order in the Indo-Pacific and beyond in the 21st century,” he said.

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“The fact is that in the last 15 years, India has managed to lift more than 400 million people – about the same number of people as the European Union – completely out of poverty,” Bierbock said.

The German Foreign Minister appreciated India’s role in the recent Bali summit.

She said, “At the G20 summit in Bali, India showed that it is ready to play its role globally. The G20’s clear position against Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine is also ultimately thanks to India.”

She said, “As a rising economic power and a solid democracy, India is both a role model and a bridge for many countries in the world, despite many internal social challenges. And Germany’s natural partner.”