India is the second-most populated country, and is home to roughly 172 million Muslims who form the third-largest Muslim population on earth. The marginalised community is among the most economically deprived sections of Indian society.
Modi's rise has deepened cleavages in Indian society and entrenched Hindu nationalism with dire consequences for minorities.
Overseas aid minister Priti Patel reportedly raised the possibility of Britain diverting aid to the Israeli army during one of her trips.
India's PM Narendra Modi last year shocked the country by banning 500 and 1,000 rupee notes. His decision affected 86 percent of the currency in circulation in his attempt to crackdown on the shadow economy.
Opposition to the law helped forge an unlikely coalition of Muslim women and Prime Minister Modi and his ruling Hindu nationalist party and pitted it against Muslim groups that say the state has no right to interfere in religious matters.
Narendra Modi's comments came days after Merkel said Europe could no longer completely rely on traditional ally the US and needed to find its own way.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticised Pakistan on Saturday, accusing it of being an exporter of terrorism, and vowing to mount a global campaign to isolate it.
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