Merkel, minister stress US ties after critical Trump tweet

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"Pace of development of our relations is fast, direction positive and destination clear".

On Sunday, Merkel showed the gravity of her concern about Washington's dependability under Trump when she warned, at an election campaign event in a packed Bavarian beer tent, that the times when Europe could fully rely on others were "over to a certain extent".

According to CNN-News 18, Modi said India and Germany are working together in the field of development and since Germany is adept at skill development, it can help India in honing the talent of 800 million youths.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni says he shares German Chancellor Angela Merkel's sentiment that Europeans must take their future into their own hands.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, left, talk during a contract signing ceremony as part of a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

The prime minister will be in Paris on June 2 and 3 where he will hold official talks with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron with a view to further strengthening India-France strategic ties.

"I admire Chancellor Angela Merkel's vision".

Merkel had already begun finessing her message on Monday, stressing that she was a "convinced trans-Atlanticist", a message she repeated after a meeting with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Berlin.

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"Germany is a large, reliable and trustworthy partner for us", he added.

"Democracy and global order are the demands of this world".

After concluding his visit, Prime Minister Modi said that he had a "very good interaction" with Merkel.

In a sign of Berlin's shifting focus towards Asia, Dr Merkel is also due to meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang today.

Alongside Mr Modi, Dr Merkel said that while transatlantic relations are of "paramount significance", the European Union had to forge its own path in the world "considering the current situation".

"This year, we have closely been closely been cooperating amongst others also in topic that are on the agenda of G-20, On 29 may's evening we had a detailed discussion for example the topic of terrorism, the threat terrorism possesses and we all suffer from consequences of terrorism", she said. Humanitarian forces must unite to combat the menace: Modi.

"That's what the president called for, he called for additional burden-sharing", Spicer said.

Terming India as a "reliable partner", Merkel sought to deepen cooperation with the South Asian nation going forward.

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