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6 days, 4 nations Ė PM Modiís focus on Europe

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been travelling to several foreign countries to strengthen bilateral ties. Against the backdrop of Brexit in the UK, President Trumpís withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change agreement and the recent terrorist activities in the UK, these visits assume significance.

6 days, 4 nations Ė  PM Modiís focus on Europe

Modi visited Germany, France, and Spain on state visits and Russia for the Indo-Russian Annual Summit. Taking to twitter before his trip, he mentioned that the trip was for ‘boosting economic engagement and inviting investments’. The Prime Minister took to Facebook to release his tour programme. 


Two way trade with Germany; 17.42 bn euro

Modi was welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel with military honours in Berlin. Germany remains India’s largest trading partner in Europe (total trade in goods and services is valued at 17.42 billion euros) and the two countries have a shared vision in the arenas of technology, skill development, clean energy, security and counter-terrorism. The two nations remain the largest economies in the world in the process of implementing the Paris Agreement on climate. Synergies between the advanced technology of Germany and India’s developing manufacturing sector could strengthen economic and bilateral ties between the two nations. A discussion that was considered positive was followed by the inauguration of the Indo-German Business Summit in Berlin. 

Modi is the first Prime Minister to visit Spain since 1988. The key agreements signed by Modi and his Spa-

nish counterpart, Mariano Rajoy were the repatriation of sentenced persons and visa waivers for holders of diplomatic passports. Additional MOUs were signed in fields of cyber-security, organ transplantation and renewable energy. 

Modi’s visit to Russia was a matter of diplomacy and necessity to continue strengthening the 70 years of partnership. Visiting for participating in the 18th India-Russia Summit, the potential for continued cooperation in renewable energy, nuclear and hydrocarbon sectors was discussed. Meetings were held with President Vladimir Putin and stakeholders from public and private sectors. The Russian counterpart affirmed that they stood with India against terrorism and that bi-lateral trade that has plummeted over the past two years would be revived. 


French expertise for nuclear energy, space technology, defence...

Tweeting just before landing in France, Modi called the French nation as ‘one of India’s most strategic partners.’ Meeting the newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron, the two discussed issues relating to India’s permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council and combating climate change. French expertise has been accessed in areas of nuclear energy, space technology and military and naval defence exercises. The two nations agreed to ‘upgrade and intensify’ cooperation through joint manufacture, co-production, co-development of military hardware, military parts and sharing of future technologies. The 6 day visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi covered a host of overlapping political and economic issues such as trade, climate change, security and defence. Each meeting ended with successful takeaways strengthening partnerships with the four nations. 

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