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PM Modi kickstarts 3-nation Europe visit, receives warm welcome from Indians in Berlin

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Berlin on May 2 as part of a three-nation European visit. He will travel to Denmark and then France. The visit’s goal is to strengthen connections in commerce, energy, and green technologies.

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A joyful Indian diaspora in Berlin greeted PM Modi with open arms.

Taking to Twitter, PM Modi shared photos of the welcome extended to him. He wrote: “It was early morning in Berlin yet several people from the Indian community came by. Was wonderful connecting with them. India is proud of the accomplishments of our diaspora.”

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PM Modi and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will co-chair the India-Germany inter-governmental consultations (IGC) in Berlin at 7 p.m. IST today, according to his schedule.

PM Modi and Scholz are scheduled to meet with top CEOs from both nations at 8 p.m. in a roundtable discussion. Later in the day, he will meet with members of the Indian diaspora.

PM Modi will be treated to a special dinner hosted by Chancellor Scholz later.

The Prime Minister was escorted to Germany by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and several senior ministers. The IGC framework requires direct consultations between both nations’ ministers.

PM MODI’S VISIT TO EUROPE

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is making his first foreign trip of the year, according to a statement released by the Ministry of External Affairs on Sunday.

PM Modi will meet with eight global leaders, 50 business executives, and the Indian diaspora during his three-day tour. The PM will spend one night in each of Germany and Denmark before concluding his trip with a stopover in France to see President Emmanuel Macron, who was just re-elected.

PM Modi released a statement before his departure on Sunday, stating, “My visit to Europe comes at a time when the region faces many challenges and choices. Through my engagements, I intend to strengthen the spirit of cooperation with our European partners, who are important companions in India’s quest for peace and prosperity.”

IN DENMARK, PM MODI

On May 3, at the request of Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, the prime minister will fly from Germany to Copenhagen, Denmark. He’ll be there for the second India-Nordic Summit.

Separate bilateral consultations with the leaders of Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland are scheduled for the Indian Prime Minister in Denmark.

The goal of the visit, according to Kwatra, is to continue to enhance the country’s multi-dimensional and multi-faceted ties with major European countries.

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IN FRANCE, PM MODI

He will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on May 4th.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of India-France diplomatic ties, and the two presidents’ meeting will outline a more ambitious Strategic Partnership agenda.

PM Modi’s journey to Europe comes in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has united all major European countries in opposition to Russia.

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