Prime Minister Narendra Modi will depart on a three-nation visit to Belgium, USA and Saudi Arabia today. He will be in Brussels tomorrow to meet Belgian Prime Minister Mr. Charles Michel. He will also hold the 13th India-EU Summit with the E.U. leadership.
PM Modi saluted the resilience and spirit of the people of Belgium and said, “We stand shoulder to shoulder with them in the wake of the horrific attacks in Brussels and share the grief of those who lost their loved ones”.
“Our relations with Belgium are deep rooted and have stood the test of time. Within the E.U., Belgium is India’s 2nd largest trading partner. My meeting with the Prime Minister aims to expand trade, investment and high technology partnership with this important E.U. member,” he added.
After visiting Belgium, PM Modi will be in Washington DC on 31st March to participate in the 4th Nuclear Security Summit, where several nations and global organisations would be represented.
The Summit would deliberate on the crucial issue of threat to nuclear security caused by nuclear terrorism. Leaders would discuss ways and measure through which to strengthen the global nuclear security architecture, especially to ensure that non-state actors do not get access to nuclear material.
On the sidelines of the Summit, PM Modi would meet with several world leaders to carry forward the agenda of bilateral cooperation with those nations. He is also looking forward to interaction with the scientists associated with LIGO project.
On 2nd and 3rd April, at the invitation of H.M. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, PM Modi will be visiting Saudi Arabia.
“India’s ties with Saudi Arabia are special. Robust people-to-people ties constitute a key component of our engagement. I plan to work with the Saudi leadership to expand and deepen our bilateral relations. Discussions on the regional situation would also be on the agenda. Our economic ties are also expanding. Saudi Arabia is India’s 4th largest trading partner, and is also India’s largest crude oil supplier,” he said.
“In addition to meeting with H.M. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, I also look forward to my discussions with other important members of the Royal family. We want the prominent Saudi businesses to partner with India’s development priorities. That would be one of the key objectives of the business event planned in Riyadh, PM Modi added.
PM Modi will visit the Masmak Fortress, ‘L&T Workers’ Residential Complex and TCS All Women IT & ITES Center in Riyadh.