President Gauck will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including Ministers, Member of Parliament and business leaders.

President Gauck will arrive in New Delhi on February 4. He will inspect a Guard of Honour at Rashtrapati Bhawan on February 5, after which he will visit Rajghat to pay homage to the Father of the Nation.

The German President will meet Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh during his visit.

Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi will call on the German President.

The German President will also visit Karnataka from February 7–9 where he will have a meeting with Karnataka Governor among other engagements.

Relations between India and Germany have traditionally been cordial and close. India and Germany are strategic partners since 2000.

With the commencement of Inter-Governmental Consultations in 2011, there has been significant progress in all areas of bilateral cooperation through regular high-level exchanges at the Head of Government level, cooperation in strategic areas, growing economic and commercial ties and increased interaction in the fields of education, science and technology, culture and people-to-people relations. Germany continues to be India's largest trading partner in Europe.

India and Germany also work closely together in the international arena.


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