1. PM Narendra Modi congratulates Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, reaffirms stronger ties between two nations

PM Narendra Modi congratulates Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, reaffirms stronger ties between two nations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to newly elected Indian origin Ireland premier Leo Varadkar and congratulated him over his new responsibility.

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 17, 2017 12:52 AM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India, Ireland, Leo Varadkar, Maharashtra, Narendra Modi, Irish PM Leo Varadkar PM Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Portugal, the Netherlands and the US from June 24. (Reuters)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to newly elected Indian origin Ireland premier Leo Varadkar and congratulated him over his new responsibility. Varadkar took over officially from Enda Kenny on Wednesday, a PTI report said. “Spoke to Ireland’s new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on phone to congratulate him and reaffirm our commitment for stronger India-Ireland ties,” the PM tweeted. He is the youngest prime minister of the country. His father Ashok, hails from Varad, a village in Maharashtra.

Few days back, he was declared the victor of the Fine Gael leadership contestafter the resignation of outgoing Taoiseach Enda Kenny last month.

Earlier in the day, South Korean President Moon Jae-In’s special envoy Dongchea Chungo called on the prime minister in the national capital, the news agency said in another report. While appreciating President Moon’s gesture of sending his special envoy, PM Modi said he is forward to meeting the new South Korean leader.

As per the statement by PMO, the prime minister recalled his visit to South Korea in 2015, during which the bilateral ties was raised to a special strategic partnership. Narendra Modi also welcomed the deepening of bilateral partnership not only in trade and economic sectors but also in areas such as defence cooperation.

Chung had also met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. “His discussions covered a broad range of bilateral relations. There is a very strong economic partnership between Republic of Korea and India and convergence of views on terrorism, right to navigation,” MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay was quoted as saying by PTI.

PM Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Portugal, the Netherlands and the US from June 24. As per Baglay, the prime minister would visit Portugal on June 24, the US on June 25 and 26, and the Netherlands on June 27.

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During his visit to the US, the prime minister will only go to Washington DC, where will hold talks with President Donald Trump on several issues including ways to enhance cooperation in bilateral areas of strategic importance, the PTI report said.

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