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German Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Guido Westerwelle visits India on June 22, 2012

Foreign Ministers Westerwelle and Krishna will meet in Bangalore and have wide-ranging talks on pressing regional and global issues such as the recent developments in the Eurozone, the evolving situation against the backdrop of the recently concluded Afghan summit and India's ever-increasing strategic role in Asia's security architecture.

The talks between the two ministers will, among others, focus on enhancing bilateral trade, strengthening cooperation in the fields of green technologies, environmental protection, as well as higher education, IT sector and the recently launched Blue Card scheme of the German government.German Foreign Minister Dr. Guido Westerwelle. © dpa

Ahead of the visit, Minister Westerwelle said, "This is my third visit to India as Germany's foreign minister, which clearly demonstrates the importance we attach to India. Germany and India share a valuable partnership. Over the years we have developed a close dialogue on strategic issues - bilateral, regional and global. As this visit is taking place while celebrating 60 years of diplomatic relations between our two countries, we should work hard to further deepen our relations."

Dr Westerwelle is accompanied by a strong 50-member high-ranking delegation, consisting of leading German company heads and media persons.

On June 22 Minister Westerwelle, alongwith the Chief Minister of Karnataka, will inaugurate the Indo-German Urban Mela, the centrepiece of the "Year of Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities". From June 22nd to July 1st, the Palace Grounds in Bangalore will play host to 16 specially-designed pavilions that will come to life with a series of interactive presentations that explore how urban life can be improved. Designed by renowned German artist Markus Heinsdorff, these striking pavilions unite India's rich textile legacy with state-of-the-art technology.

With this series, Germany is presenting itself as an innovative, creative partner for India in resolving the challenges of the future.

Minister's agenda also includes the opening of the new facilities at the German Consulate in Bangalore and delivering the Founder's Day Lecture at the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce.

Note for the editors: The talks between the two foreign ministers on June 22, 2012 will be followed by a press interaction at 1305 hrs at the Royal Ball Room, Hotel Leela Palace.

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