Prime Minister Narendra Modi will begin his three-day tour to Germany, Denmark, and France from May 2 regarding the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and Europe’s firm approach to dealing with it. This will be PM Modi’s first foreign tour of the year 2022.
Announcing the visit, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday said the prime minister will first travel to Germany, then visit Denmark, and will have a brief stopover in Paris on his return journey on May 4.
PM Modi will talk to French President Emmanuel Macron, who was re-elected to the top post on Monday after defeating rival Marine Le Pen in the fiercely-fought presidential election.
The MEA said in a statement that “in Berlin, the prime minister will hold bilateral talks with Olaf Scholz, the Federal Chancellor of Germany, and the two leaders will co-chair the sixth edition of the India-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC),” the MEA said in a statement.
Modi’s first meeting with Scholz
It will be Modi’s first meeting with Chancellor Scholz, who took charge as the Chancellor of Germany from Angela Merkel in December last year.
Russia’s incessant attack on Ukraine is likely to be discussed in Modi’s talks with the European leaders of all three countries.
“During his visit, the prime minister and Chancellor Scholz will also jointly address a business event. The prime minister will address and interact with the Indian community in Germany, “the MEA said.“
The MEA said: “This visit will be an opportunity to enhance and intensify cooperation in a broad range of areas for the two governments to exchange views on regional and global matters of mutual interest.”
From Germany, Modi will visit Copenhagen at the invitation of the Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen. He will also participate in the second India-Nordic summit being hosted by Denmark.
The MEA said the bilateral component of the visit will include talks with Frederiksen as well as an audience with Queen Margrethe II.
“The green strategic partnership was the first of its kind between India and Denmark. The visit would provide both sides an opportunity to review their progress as well as examine ways to further expand their multifaceted cooperation, the MEA said.
“During the visit, the Prime Minister will attend an India-Denmark Business Forum and also address members of the Indian diaspora,” it said.
At the India-Nordic summit, Modi will also interact with other Nordic leaders, including Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir of Iceland, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr of Norway, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson of Sweden, and Prime Minister Sanna Marin of Finland.
The MEA said the summit will focus on subjects like post-pandemic economic recovery, climate change, innovation and technology, renewable energy, the evolving global security scenario and India-Nordic cooperation in the Arctic region.
On his return journey on May 4, the prime minister will briefly stop over in Paris and meet Emmanuel Macron, President of France, the MEA said.
“India and France are celebrating 75 years of diplomatic relations this year, and the meeting between the two leaders will set a more ambitious agenda for the strategic partnership,” it said.