PM Narendra Modi leaves for four-nation tour to Germany, Spain, Russia, France

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New Delhi | Updated: May 29, 2017 11:24:06 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will begin his four-nation visit to Germany, Spain, Russia and France today.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today left for his four-nation visit to Germany, Spain, Russia and France. During the visit the Prime Minister will join several programmes. PM Modi had said he was looking forward to utilize the six-day long visit to boost India’s economic engagement with these countries and invite more investment. The visit comes amid a series of terror attacks in Europe. Apart from this Russia and US-Russia relationship has been going through rough patches.

PM Modi’s first stop- Germany

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In the first leg of this crucial trip, PM Modi will visit Germany. In Germany, the Prime Minister will hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel under the framework of India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC). PM Modi is also scheduled to call on newly elected German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. PM Modi said he and Merkel will “chart out a future roadmap of cooperation with a focus 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.” In Berlin, Modi and Merkel will also interact with top business leaders of both the countries to further strengthen the trade and investment ties.

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Describing Germany as a valuable partner, the prime minister said, “German competencies fit well with my vision for India’s transformation.” “I am confident that this visit will open a new chapter in our bilateral cooperation with Germany and further deepen our Strategic Partnership,” he said in a Facebook post.

A visit to Spain

After concluding hectic engagements in Germany, PM Modi will travel to Spain on Tuesday. PM Modi’s official to visit to Spain bears significance as it will be the first by an Indian prime minister in almost three decades. In Spain, 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. The prime minister said there is significant potential for deepening bilateral trade and investment ties. “We seek active participation of Spanish industry in various Indian projects including infrastructure, smart cities, digital economy, renewable energy, defence and tourism,” he added. He will also meet top CEOs of the Spanish industry and encourage them to partner in the ‘Make in India’ initiative. “I look forward to their valuable recommendations for strengthening India-Spain economic partnership,” he wrote.

The crucial trip to Russia

Probably the most crucial leg of this trip. From Spain, the prime minister will travel to 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 Putin to take forward our dialogue from the last Summit in Goa in October 2016,” he said. The two leaders will also be interacting with CEOs from the two countries.

On June 2, Modi and Putin will address the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) where India is the ‘guest country’. “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.

Then PM Modi will go to Piskarovskoye Cemetery to pay tribute to those who died during the siege of Leningrad. The prime minister will also visit 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.

France Visit

In the last leg of the tour, 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. “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,” he added.

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