1. Narendra Modi four-nation visit: PM kicks off 6-day tour, reaches Germany

Narendra Modi four-nation visit: PM kicks off 6-day tour, reaches Germany

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kicked off his six-day tour of Germany, Spain, Russia and France aimed at boosting bilateral economic engagement.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 29, 2017 10:20 PM
pm narendra modi, pm modi in berlin, pm narendra modi in germany, pm naredra modi six day visit, modi four nation tour, modi europe tour Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kicked off his six-day tour of Germany, Spain, Russia and France aimed at boosting bilateral economic engagement. (Reuters)

Narendra Modi four-nation visit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday arrived in Berlin, kicking-off his 6-day tour of Germany, Spain, Russia and France that is aimed at boosting bilateral economic engagement with these nations and inviting more investment for India. Modi will soon meet his German counterpart Angela Merkel at her country retreat of Schloss Meseberg this evening.

Both are scheduled to discuss issues of mutual interest in an informal setting over dinner at the 18th-century palace. “I am confident that this visit will open a new chapter in our bilateral cooperation with Germany and further deepen our strategic partnership,” Modi said in a Facebook post ahead of his visit.

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Modi said he and Merkel will “chart out a future roadmap of cooperation with focus on trade and investment, security and counter-terrorism, innovation and science and technology, skill development, urban infrastructure, railways and civil aviation, clean energy, development cooperation, health and alternative medicine.” Modi further described Germany as a valuable partner, the prime minister said, “German competencies fit well with my vision for India’s transformation.”

Modi, in what can be called the more formal part of the visit, will receive military honours at the Chancellery on Tuesday. Following the military honour, the prime minister will hold talks with Merkel as part of the fourth round of the bi-annual India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations [IGC]. The last IGC was held in New Delhi in October 2015 when bilateral ties were significantly scaled up.

The two leaders are also expected to clinch a host of agreements during the meet. Several pressing global issues – situation in the South China Sea, China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative and the growing threat of terrorism. Prime Minister Modi and Chancellor Merkel are also scheduled to hold a luncheon meeting with senior business leaders before inaugurating the Indo-German Business Forum.

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