Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the 12th G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 7, 2017.. Image Source: IANS/PIB

New Delhi, March 22 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday called German Chancellor Angela Merkel to congratulate her on assuming office for the fourth successive term.

An official release said Modi lauded "the strong leadership" provided by Chancellor Merkel to Germany, and the pivotal role played by Germany in European affairs during her tenure.

"Prime Minister Modi reiterated his commitment to continue working with Chancellor Merkel for deepening and strengthening the Indo-German bilateral relationship," the release said.

The Prime Minister also said during the telephonic talk that he is looking forward to his forthcoming meeting with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who will be on a State Visit to India from March 22 to 26.

Merkel was officially re-elected the German Chancellor with the majority of lawmakers in the lower parliament backing her candidacy in a vote last week.

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