Narendra Modi visit to France: Prime Minister Modi will meet new French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to Paris on June 2 and 3, an Indian Express report said. Announcing his visit on Wednesday, the Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday said the PM will discuss issues of mutual interest to further strengthen strategic ties with France. The meeting will be Narendra Modi’s first with Emmanuel Macron, since the later’s taking over. His trip to Germany, Spain, Russia and France begins from Monday.
While announcing the tour, the MEA said the PM will be hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on May 29 at her official Messeberg Country Retreat. Two leaders will discuss issues of common interest. The meeting will be followed by the fourth India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations next day.
The PM, during his visit, will also pay a courtesy call on German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. “India and Germany enjoy a strategic partnership. The Prime Minister’s visit will give the further boost to this special relationship,” the MEA added.
Narendra Modi will meet his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy on May 31, After discussing bilateral and other issues, he will call on King Felipe VI. “He (Modi) would also have a round-table interaction with leading Spanish business leaders keen to invest in India. The Prime Minister’s visit to Spain will add further strength to the existing warm and friendly India-Spain bilateral ties,” the paper quoted ministry as saying.
On June 1, the PM will travel to Russia’s St Petersburg, where he will hold 18th India-Russia annual summit with President Vladimir Putin. Both leaders will review entire gamut of India-Russia bilateral ties and review progress made since the last summit in Goa last year. For the first time, the annual summit will take place outside Moscow.
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“Following the summit, the Prime Minister will participate, also for the first time, in the St Petersburg International Economic Forum on June 2, 2017, as Guest of Honour,” the MEA was quoted as saying further.