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German Chancellor Visits India for Trade Talks


German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in India for talks on economic cooperation and climate change.

Ms. Merkel arrived in New Delhi Monday, in her first visit to the country as chancellor. She is expected to meet Tuesday with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Prabtibha Patil. Ms. Merkel also has meetings scheduled with India's vice president, parliamentary leader, and opposition leader.

The officials are expected to discuss political cooperation, efforts to slow global warming and trade ties.

The German leader said in a speech Friday that Germany should expand its ties with India, as it has with China, both nations which have seen their economies grow rapidly in recent years.

Trade between India and Germany amounts to about $15 billion a year.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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