Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to India after three nation tour early morning today. He was received by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. During his three nation tour, the Prime Minister visited Portugal, US and Netherlands.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi first landed in Portugal, where he and his Portugal counterpart António Costa announced four million euros joint fund for the enhancement of research in science and technology. Both leaders also held in-depth talks on cooperation in fields of space, counter-terrorism, start-ups and climate studies, PTI said.
However, the high point of his three nation visit was the US, where he visited US President Donald Trump at the White House. “India is a True friend in the White House. The American and Indian Constitution begins with the same three words, ‘We the People’. I have always had a deep admiration for your country and your people, the rich culture and traditions,” Donald Trump said in his address to the media.
While speaking about terrorism, the US President said that India and the US are affected by terror, and both countries resolve to destroy radical Islamic terror. Talking about GST, the president said that about two weeks India is all set to implement largest tax overhaul in in its history.
Speaking at the joint statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called both India and USA as global engines of growth. ” Trade, commerce and investment are key areas. Technology, innovation and knowledge economy are also areas we are are actively looking at,” he was quoted as saying.
During his visit to Netherlands, which was the last leg of his three-nation visit, the prime minister met the country’s leading CEOs, along with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte in The Hague.
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“Pension funds are especially welcome to India,” India’s External Affairs Ministry spokesman Gopal Baglay in a tweet quoted Modi as telling the CEOs. In his message to chief executives, the PM said that India is a land of opportunities with most of the population below 35 years of age and the economy is growing annually at more than 7 percent.
“Seven thousand reforms, real estate, defence, etc FDI,” Baglay had tweeted referring to Modi’s address to the CEOs.