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Indo-German agreement: more arms exports

For the record: at the German-Indian government consultations last week, both countries also agreed to simplify German arms exports to the subcontinent.

A corresponding passage is contained in the joint final declaration of November 1st, which was adopted after the talks between the governments of both countries in Delhi - headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel and India's Prime Minister (correction: not Prime Minister) Narendra Modi:

Germany and India recognized the need to further deepen bilateral defense cooperation as strategic partners with the aim of jointly addressing global and regional security challenges. Germany will work to facilitate exports of military equipment and technology exchanges with India in accordance with relevant international, European and national rules. More intensive cooperation between the arms industries of the two countries must promote joint development and production within the framework of the Indian government's “Make in India” initiative and use the defense corridors that have been set up in the states of Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. Maritime projects between the German and Indian naval industries (e.g. submarines) are funded in view of common interests in the stability of the Indian Ocean region. Both sides agreed to develop stronger cooperation in the testing and certification of the defense industry, in particular for type certification of various systems and sub-systems as well as quality assurance. Both sides also agreed that key industries in both countries should endeavor to include the other country's SMEs / MSMEs in their supply chains.

(The English version of the agreement here; the German version here - the latter was only published at the beginning of the week, so I had waited to report it)

In addition, the defense ministers of both countries should meet regularly in the future, at least every 2 years. Several heads of department of the federal government took part in the meeting in the Indian capital, but Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer did not.

(Photo: Merkel at the reception with military honors - Ministry of External Affairs / Government of India)