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Modi, Merkel agree to fast-track business deals

German chancellor and her ministers sign 18 agreements with India's government

Mrs Merkel and Mr Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Monday. The two nations signed 2b euros of deals on German investment in developing India's clean energy corridors and solar energy industry.

New Delhi

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hailed Germany as a "natural partner" of India after signing deals with Angela Merkel on clean energy and speeding up the European powerhouse's investment in Asia's third-largest economy.

The German chancellor held lengthy