India was one of the first countries to grant the Federal Republic of Germany diplomatic recognition following the Second World War.
“The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Government of India have agreed that they will shortly exchange diplomatic missions with the status of legations.”
With this Brief press release on 7 March 1951, the Federal Press Office announced the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Germany. This was followed by mutual diplomatic recognition between India and the German Democratic Republic eleven years later.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas marked this year’s anniversary by paying tribute to the special importance of Indo-German relations: “Germany and India are strategic partners. We are united by our vibrant democracies. We champion a rules-based global order, both within the United Nations and as partners in the Alliance for Multilateralism.”