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State visit to the Republic of India

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrives in Varanasi on the occasion of his state visit to India Varanasi/India, 22 March 2018 Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrives in Varanasi on the occasion of his state visit to India © Jesco Denzel

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Elke Büdenbender payed a state visit to the Republic of India from 21 to 26 March.

They first traveled to Varanasi, a holy city for Hindus and Buddhists, where the Federal President talked to students of Banaras Hindu University about religious diversity. On the second day of the trip, the Federal President and Ms Büdenbender visited the Jama Masjid (Friday mosque) in New Delhi and the University of Delhi, where the Federal President gave a speech. He subsequently held talks with representatives from India’s civil society and academic and business communities.

On the third day of their state visit, the Federal President and Ms Büdenbender were received by President Kovind in New Delhi. The Federal President also held talks with Prime Minister Modi and further high-ranking politicians, as well as other public figures, in the Indian capital. The final destination of his state visit was Chennai, an important location for German business in India. In Chennai, he toured the Daimler India Commercial Vehicles plant and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Madras Research Park.

Overview of the programme:

Wednesday, 21 March

  • Evening
    Flight to New Delhi, India

Thursday, 22 March

  • Morning
    Arrival in New Delhi
    thereafter onward flight to Varanasi, India
  • Around noon
    Arrival in Varanasi
  • Sarnath
    Tour of the Archaeological Museum
  • Banaras Hindu University
    Discussion with students on the topic of religious diversity
  • Attendance of a Ganga Aarti ceremony
  • Evening
    Flight from Varanasi to New Delhi

Friday, 23 March

  • Visit to the Jama Masjid (Friday mosque), talks with the Imam
  • University of Delhi
    Speech by the Federal President
  • Luncheon with representatives of Indian civil society
  • Visit to the CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology
  • Ambassador’s Residence
    Talks with representatives from the business world
  • Reception hosted by the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in honour of the Federal President and Ms Büdenbender

Saturday, 24 March

  • Residence of the President
    Welcome with military honours by Ram Nath Kovind, President of the Republic of India
  • Wreath-laying ceremony at Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation site
  • Talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
  • Luncheon with representatives of Indian think tanks on the topic of foreign and security policy
  • Guest house of the Indian Government
    Talks with Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India
    thereafter joint press conference
  • Residence of the President
    Talks with Ram Nath Kovind, President of the Republic of India, and Ms Savita Kovind
    State banquet

Sunday, 25 March

  • Morning
    Flight to Chennai, India
  • Tour of the Daimler India Commercial Vehicles plant
  • Madras Research Park
    Visit to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
  • Talks with representatives from the business world
  • Reception hosted by the Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chennai in honour of the Federal President and Ms Büdenbender

Monday, 26 March

  • Tour of the Mahabalipuram temples (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site)
  • Around noon
    Flight to Berlin
  • Evening
    Arrival in Berlin