New Delhi, Apr 19 (UNI) Mr Bernd Muetzelburg, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, called on Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee at latter's residence here today.
Welcoming the German Ambassador, Mr Chatterjee said India and Germany have age-old friendly relations. There is a lot of scope for co-operation in different areas between the two countries.
While observing that the bilateral relations between India and Germany have to be further strengthened and expanded, Mr Chatterjee called for greater interaction and increased co-operation between the Parliaments of both the countries.
Stating that the system of parliamentary democracy in general is people-centric, Mr Chatterjee observed that the countries that believed in such democracy could easily relate to each other. India is not only the largest democracy, but also a successful democratic set-up with so many achievements to its credit, the Lok Sabha Speaker added.
In response, Mr Muetzelburg said the establishment of Indo-German Parliamentary Friendship Groups in both the countries would pave way for better understanding and co-operation, a Lok Sabha Secretariat release here said.
During the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister of India to the Hannover trade fair, fora on energy and science and technology would be constituted in Germany, he informed. These fora would explore ways for increasing co-operation in areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and science and technology between the two countries, he said.
The Ambassador handed over a letter of the Speaker of the German National Parliament, Bundestag to the Speaker, Lok Sabha, inviting him to visit Germany, the release added.
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