German Chancellor Angela Merkel scatters rose petals at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Rajghat in New Delhi, India, October 5, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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Angela Merkel began a mission Monday to clear the path for German companies keen to do business in India, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks to the European powerhouse to help revive its economy.Merkel, flanked by a large business delegation, will meet Modi and trade officials on her first trip to India since the right-wing premier stormed to power last May promising to reform and revive Asia's third largest economy.Germany is already India's most important trading partner in Europe and both Modi and Merkel have said they are keen to boost two-way trade.The leaders met in April on Modi's first official visit to Germany, where the Indian premier sought more investment as he ramps up his drive to make India a manufacturing hub.
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