The shock result heralded a week of uncertainty for the coalition, with next Friday a key date as the SPD is to vote on whether to stay in government when it meets for its annual congress.
The EU should adopt a common strategy on developing the next-generation 5G mobile networks, Merkel said, amid concerns that Chinese tech giant Huawei could be a used as a tool by Beijing for spying.
The comments come ahead of her meeting Monday with automobile industry executives as part of efforts to help Germany's transport sector meet emissions targets.
The declaration of intent on vocational training was signed with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
With share of stubble burning reduced from 44% on Friday — the season’s highest— to 17% on Saturday, pollution levels in Delhi and NCR dropped marginally.
Merkel said that Germany would spend one billion euros on "green" urban transport projects in India over the next five years, to replace diesel buses.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also earmarked 200 million euros to reform the bus sector in Tamil Nadu.
Atishi, who played a pivotal role in revamping the state of education in government-run schools in New Delhi, said Merkel discussed the challenges faced by women in India during the meeting.
The comments by the German Chancellor come amidst concerns expressed by some foreign lawmakers, including from the US, over restrictions imposed by the government post abrogation of Article 370.
An MoU has also been signed in the field of occupational diseases, rehabilitation and vocational training of insured persons and workers with disabilities.
Merkel sat for the national anthems because of her own health problems.
PM Narendra Modi said that India has invited Germany to take advantage of opportunities in defence production in the defence corridors in UP and Tamil Nadu.
Merkel said that she was delighted to be in India for the fifth Inter-Governmental Consultations.
Merkel will co-chair the 5th IGC with Prime Minister Modi following which the two leaders will make press statements and a raft of agreements will be signed between the two sides.
Sources said India and Germany are expected to sign about 20 agreements in a wide spectrum of areas during Merkel's visit.