New Delhi, Feb. 12 -- With trade relations between countries being actualised at the state or regional levels, a Minister of the German state of Thuringia on Monday called for greater cooperation with Indian industry for the benefit of both.

Speaking at an Indian industry chamber Ficci organised business interaction here, Thuringia's Minister of Economic Affairs, Science and Digital Society Wolfgang Tiefensee highlighted the advantages for Indian business in investing in his state located in the heart of Germany, as well as of Europe.

Thuringia is a world leader in the optics industry, while its automotive industry boasts of leading global majors such as Daimler, Opel, Magna, Bosch and BMW.

"Since 2012, there has been a major improvement...