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State visit to the Republic of India

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Elke Büdenbender payed a state visit to the Republic of India from 21 to 26 March. They were received by President Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi, where the Federal President also held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and civil society representatives. Moreover, they traveled to Varanasi, which is a holy city for Hindus and Buddhists, and to Chennai, which is an important location for German business in India.

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On the occasion of the dinner in honour of Horst Köhler

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier held a speech on the occasion of the dinner in honour of Horst Köhler on 8 March: "You brought international experience to your new role, as well as an awareness of the considerable and, above all, growing responsibility which an economically strong, politically stable and globally respected country like Germany shouldered – and had to accept – in an increasingly complex world."

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Official visit to Portugal

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier travelled to the Portuguese Republic from 1 to 2 March 2018. In Lisbon, he held political talks with the President, the Prime Minister and the President of the Assembly of the Republic. On the second day of the trip, the Federal President travelled to Porto, where he visited the Science and Technology Park at the University of Porto (UPTEC) and attended cultural events together with the Portuguese President.

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Discussion at the Asan Institute

The Federal President held a speech at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies on 9 February: "But we must also remember that dialogue is the only possible way to achieve détente, and ultimately peace and unity. Those who are serious about finding solutions in this dialogue must maintain the political pressure, but must also keep suggesting ideas and making proposals for a better future. They must want to overcome the status quo. In short, they need hope."

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