India and Germany’s Bi-Lateral Relations
The German Ambassador visiting KolkataMay 19th, 2016
The German Ambassador to India, H. E. Amb. Dr. Martin Ney went to Kolkata for an official visit from 17th to 18th of May. The Ambassador met the Governor of West Bengal, and they discussed the Indo-German cooperation, with particular regard to West Bengal and current political affairs in a positive environment. During the same day, Dr. Ney also visited Missionaries of Charity. Moreover, the Ambassador talked with Shuvaprasanna Bhattacharya, the executive trustee at Arts Acre Foundation.
Additionally, Consul General of the German Consulate General in Kolkata, Olaf Iversen accompanied the Ambassador Dr. Ney during his visit. Then, Dr. Ney and the Education Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Naeem Akhtar, inaugurated the “Black Pavilion” pf the “Shalimar Bagh” in Srinagar, which has been restored with the financial support of the German Foreign Office. Indeed, in India more than 50 projects have been promoted with about 1 Million Euros since 1981 to preserve India’s diverse cultural heritage. Germany financed the restoration of the “Black Pavilion” with 31.000 Euros.
During his speech, Ambassador Ney highlighted the importance of preserving cultural diversity, saying that “Having a strong cultural identity helps to create cultural dialogue across political, religious and cultural borders, which is essential for maintaining peace and security. Preservation of Cultural Heritage is an important pillar of German foreign cultural policy”. On the same day, the Ambassador visited the Shri Pratap Singh Museum, where the 1300 years old Durga-Statue is located, which was handed over to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on 5th October 2015, during the Indo-German Intergovernmental Consultations. Then, Dr. Ney met also Omar Abdullah, the former CM of Jammu and Kashmir and during his visit to Srinagar, the Ambassador concluded with meeting Prof. Saifuddin Soz, a Senior Congress leader in Jammu and Kashmir.
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Paola Pluchino & Valentina Mazzone, CD News