Maskless Merkel braves severe Delhi smog | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, November 02, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:43 AM, November 02, 2019

Maskless Merkel braves severe Delhi smog

German Chancellor Angela Merkel got a toxic welcome to India yesterday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed her in air so polluted that authorities declared a public health emergency. Ignoring medical advice to the choking megacity’s 20 million inhabitants, the pair did not wear pollution masks as they inspected troops at the presidential palace in New Delhi. Merkel thanked Modi for the “very warm and gracious welcome” as the two sides signed a series of agreements in agriculture, maritime technology, “green urban mobility” and even yoga. She and Modi also agreed to “deepen efforts to restart negotiations” on a free-trade deal between the European Union and India, with talks stuck since 2013.

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