India and Germany have some common issues.
India and Germany, that are working closely with multilateral issues, are equally perfect candidates for permanent membership of a reformed UN Security Council (UNSC) that reflects the realities of the world, German ambassador Walter Lindner has said.
Following German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s trip to India last month, both countries are now focusing on implementing over 20 existing MoUs and cooperation in key areas such as smart cities, green freedom and climate change, Lindner said in an interview.
The envoy reiterated Merkel’s position that the security lockdown and communications blackout in Kashmir is’not sustainable’, stating Germany, like other members of the European Union (U), needs all constraints to be lifted’as soon as possible’.
Lindner said all countries stand to lose if the UN isn’t reformed as people won’t rely on the entire body’because they will say it is not reflecting the fact’. The G4 – India, Japan, Brazil and Germany – have been supporting each other he said.
‘India isn’t there (from the Security Council) by 1.4 billion people. That is simply not acceptable,’ he explained. ‘It (Security Council) has to reflect the reality. Of course, India must be there.’
Lindner said the UN may have its flaws and flaws, but’it’s the only one we have…If we do not agree with several things, we must reform it. Merkel’s visit has given a’great extra push’ to bilateral relations and the two sides’are on precisely the same wavelength on many things (like ) multilateralism’, he noted.
Pointing to Merkel’s worries about Delhi’s poor air quality throughout her trip – the AQI had touched 1,000 – that the envoy said the two countries are working on many schemes for smart cities and green freedom that are aimed at tackling climate change. This includes financing for solar panels and’last mile connectivity’ from subway stations in cities.
On the problem of Kashmir, Lindner noted that several EU member states had already described the fluctuations in the erstwhile state as a’domestic issue of India’ and called for the introduction of a’negotiation station’ between India and Pakistan. He added:’We’d really like to find the limitations lifted. . .security problems are there and we know.’ What Merkel said about the problem in Kashmir being’signifies that the restrictions can not be stored forever’, he added. ‘They ought to be raised, and the earlier the better. This is the place,’ he explained.