Germany, India to up ties in trade, technology

December 11, 2010
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh briefs the media after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Berlin on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh briefs the media after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Berlin on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010.

The leaders of Germany and India have pledged to increase cooperation in trade, security and in pushing to increase the number of permanent seats on the U.N. Security Council.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh praised Saturday's agreement in Cancun, Mexico, and urged the world use it as a starting point for further progress in combatting climate change.

Singh said the two nations are "hopeful of achieving bilateral trade worth euro20 billion ($26 billion) by 2012," including in civilian nuclear technology.

But he called on Germany to relax its trade export laws, especially in technology.

Both nations pledged to push for reform to the 15-seat Security Council. Both will be serving two-year terms on the council.