PM Narendra Modi’s four nations tour of Germany, Spain, Russia and France begins today. His visits are expected to strengthen India’s bilateral relations, including economic and security tie-ups with these countries. PM Modi will begin the tour with visit to Germany where he will hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel under the framework of India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC) and also meet German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Here are 10 things India can expect from PM Modi’s six-day four-nation tour:
1. In Germany, PM Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will chart out a “future roadmap of cooperation” and their focus would be 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.”
2. Strong business to business ties between Germany and India: In Berlin, PM Modi and Chancellor Merkel will interact with top business leaders of both countries. “I am confident that this visit will open a new chapter in our bilateral cooperation with Germany and further deepen our Strategic Partnership,” PM Modi said in Facebook post ahead of the meeting.
Spain: PM Modi will travel to Spain on Tuesday for the first official visit by an Indian prime minister in almost three decades. He will meet King Felipe VI and hold talks with President Mariano Rajoy. “We will discuss ways to enhance bilateral engagement, especially in the economic sphere, and cooperation on international issues of common concern, particularly in combating terrorism,” he said.
3. Strong bilateral relations with Spain: PM Modi believes that there is a significant potential for deepening bilateral trade and investment relations between India and Spain. “We seek active participation of Spanish industry in various Indian projects including infrastructure, smart cities, digital economy, renewable energy, defence and tourism,” PM said.
4. Business ties with Spain through ‘Make in India: PM Modi will meet top CEOs of Spanish industry and encourage them to participate in ‘Make in India’ initiative. “I look forward to their valuable recommendations for strengthening India-Spain economic partnership,” PM said.
5. Stronger India-Russia ties: PM Modi will visit St. Petersburg in Russia from May 31 to June 2 for the 18th India-Russia Annual Summit. “I will be conducting detailed discussions with President (Vladimir) Putin to take forward our dialogue from the last Summit in Goa in October 2016,” PM wrote on Facebook.
6. Modi and Putil will also interact with top CEOs from India and Russia.
7. In a first, Modi will engage with Governors from different regions of Russia: PM Modi and President Putin will address the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), where India is the ‘guest country’, on June 2. “In a first meeting of its kind, I will also have the opportunity to engage with Governors from various Russian regions to further broad base bilateral cooperation and more actively involve States/Regions and other diversified stakeholders,” he said.
8. Cultural ties with Russia: PM Modi will also visit Piskarovskoye Cemetery to pay homage to those who died during the siege of Leningrad. From here, he will go to the world famous State Hermitage Museum and the Institute of Oriental manuscripts. “I greatly look forward to my visit to St. Petersburg in this special year for the bilateral relationship as both countries celebrate the 70th Anniversary of our diplomatic relations,” Modi said.
9. PM Modi will visit France from June 2 to 3 for an official meeting with the newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron. “France is one of our most important Strategic Partners. I look forward to meeting President Macron and have discussions on issues of mutual interest,” Modi said.
10: Indo-French cooperation on strategic issues. “I would be exchanging views with the French President on important global issues including UN Security Council reforms and India’s permanent membership of the UN Security Council, India’s membership of the various multilateral export control regimes, counter-terrorism cooperation, collaboration on climate change and International Solar Alliance,” PM said.