PM Modi begins six day tour of four European nations

Berlin: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will from Monday begin his six day tour of four European nations. He will visit Germany, Spain, Russia and France to boost bilateral economic engagement with these nations and inviting more investment for India’s transformation.

He will begin his Germany visit by first meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel at her country retreat of Schloss Meseberg today evening.

In a FaceBook post, PM Modi said, “I am confident that this visit will open a new chapter in our bilateral cooperation with Germany and further deepen our strategic partnership.

PM Modi and Angela Merkel will discuss issues of mutual interest in an informal setting over dinner at the 18th-century palace, nearly 80 km north-west of Berlin. Their discussions will 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.

On Tuesday Modi will be welcomed with military honours at the Chancellery. Following this he will hold talks with Merkel as part of the fourth round of the bi-annual India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations [IGC]. The last IGC was held in New Delhi in October 2015 when bilateral ties were significantly scaled up.