Merkel said she was impressed with what India is showcasing at the fair. "India is a country with a lot of young people, people who want jobs, want to see their country developed and evolved," she said.
"We think India has a future when you consider democracy, innovation capacity and prosperity. Your country (India) is a very good example that this is easily possible," the German leader said. Merkel said Germany is trying to forge a very close partnership with India. "I think Hannover fair would allow us to turn a new chapter in our relationship. Let me assure you that Germany stands ready to develop this partnership," she said. After inaugurating the India pavilion, the Prime Minister took a tour of Indian stalls and the rest of the venue. He also offered tea and snacks to the German Chancellor at the 'India Pavilion'.