Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his European visit in France, where he announced plans to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets in a multi-billion euro agreement.
The world's longest-running air show has opened to aerospace industry officials and an estimated 150,000 visitors, who want to see the latest in aviation technology, including 3D-printing and electric planes.
The meeting between Modi and Merkel is expected to focus on ways to boost economic cooperation between the two countries. Post Brexit, India's reliance on Germany and France has been increasing, say experts.
Industry representatives have urged the German chancellor to discuss increased business ties with India during the meeting. Some business leaders are hoping Germany can close on a free trade deal 10 years in the making.
Climate change, maritime security and nuclear cooperation will be key topics during French President Emmanuel Macron's maiden visit to New Delhi. Murali Krishnan reports.
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