Narendra Modi today embarked on a five-nation visit to Afghanistan, Qatar, Switzerland, the US and Mexico focus of which will be to enhance...
With an aim to bolster ties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today embarked on a five-nation visit to Afghanistan, Qatar, Switzerland, the US and Mexico focus of which will be to enhance India’s engagement in areas of trade, energy and security, besides pushing for its membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
Modi arrived in Doha today on a two-day visit which is focused on giving a new push to the economic ties, particularly in the hydrocarbon sector, between India and the energy-rich Qatar. Modi will hold detailed talks with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and address the business community of Qatar, a country which is India’s largest supplier of LNG requirements, accounting for 65 per cent of the country’s total imports last financial year.
9.48 pm: PM Narendra Modi shares meal with Indian workers in Doha (Qatar)
9.40 pm: I’ve looked into the things and changes you wish for as you work here, I will work to my best extent to help you: PM Modi in Qatar
9.38 pm: India’s image is not formed on basis of how our embassy works, it is based on Indians everywhere around the world: PM Modi in Qatar
9.35 pm: My first program in Doha is meeting you all, says PM Modi at worker’s camp to much applause
8.45 pm: PM Narendra Modi meets Indian workers at their camp
8.10 pm: Modi will hold detailed talks with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and address the business community of Qatar.
7.22 pm: “Namaste Qatar! Its wheels down in Doha as PM Narendra Modi arrives for the second leg of his journey,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.
7.20 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Qatar
2.00 pm: PM Narendra Modi awarded the Amir Amanullah Khan Award, Afghanistan’s highest civilian honour.
01.37 pm: PM Narendra Modi along with afghanistan President Ashraf ghani inaugurate Salma Dam.
“This dam has not been built by bricks & mortar,but by faith of our friendship and valour of Afghans & Indians,” said PM Modi.
“Contrary to those who spread chaos and destruction, we two countries have taken the joint decision to build and grow,” said President Ghani.
12.28pm: Narendra Modi arrives in Afghanistan
In his second visit to Afghanistan in less than six months, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today arrived here on a short trip to inaugurate a dam, a showpiece infrastructure project by India in the strategically important Herat province neighbouring Iran.
The Afghan-India Friendship Dam, earlier known as Salma dam, in western Herat district is built at a cost of over Rs 1,700 crore under India’s development partnership with Afghanistan. The dam on the river Chist-e-Sharif will irrigate 75,000 hectares of land and generate 42 MW of power. Over 1,500 Indian and Afghan engineers were involved in construction of the dam for several years in difficult condition.
09.48 am: PM Modi leaves for Afghanistan
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“It is symbol of our friendship and would usher in hope, light up homes, nourish the fertile fields of Herat and bring prosperity to the people of the region,” the Prime Minister said yesterday.
In Switzerland, the Prime Minister will hold talks with the Swiss leadership, and is likely to seek cooperation to unearth black money accounts of Indians in Switzerland which was a promise made by him during elections in 2014. According to sources, the two countries are working on finalising an arrangement that could pave the way for automatic exchange of information on tax-related issues.
During the two-day visit to energy-rich Qatar, Modi will hold talks on a range of bilateral issues including ways to further boost economic ties, particularly in the hydrocarbon sector.
PM Modi will travel to the US on June 7 at the invitation of the President, with whom he will review the progress made in key areas of defence, security and energy. He will stay in Blair house where US President Barack Obama shall host a special lunch for PM Modi during the visit.
On June 8, at the invitation of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, PM would be visiting Mexico. The main objective of Modi’s visit would be to carry forward the momentum in the bilateral relations and discuss cooperation in areas such as space, energy, agriculture and science and technology among others.