German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is in India on an official visit, has listened to the national anthems of the two countries sitting.
Report informs citing the View that Merkel arrived in New Delhi, where she was received by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The program of the visit also included visit to the memorial ceremony of Mahatma Gandhi. When the national anthems of India and Germany sounded, the Chancellor, contrary to Protocol, sat in a chair.
“Chancellor Merkel’s difficulties in standing without support are known and lately, she has been seen seated at ceremonial events, both at home and abroad, which would have normally required her to stand. The exemption as per the order is being invoked based on a request from the German side to accommodate Chancellor’s wish to be accorded the ceremonial welcome,” said the officer.
In July too, she sat through the German and Danish national anthems during a ceremony welcoming Denmark’s prime minister to Berlin. In September Merkel also listened to the national anthem of Germany sitting during a meeting with Premier of the State Council of China Li Keqiang in Beijing.