PM Modi to visit Germany, Denmark and France next week
This will be the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first visit abroad in 2022
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay an official visit to Germany, Denmark and France from May 2 to May 4. This will be his first visit abroad in 2022.
During the visit, PM Modi will meet German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Announcing the visit, the Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday said, in Berlin, PM Modi will hold bilateral talks with Olaf Scholz, Federal Chancellor of Germany. The two leaders will co-chair the sixth edition of the India-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC).
The biennial India-Germany IGC is a unique dialogue format that also sees participation of several Ministers from both sides.
This will be Prime Minister Modi's first IGC with Chancellor Scholz, and also the first such Government-to-Government consultations of the new German government, which assumed office in December 2021, the MEA noted.
During his visit, Prime Minister Modi and Chancellor Scholz would jointly address a business event.
The Prime Minister will also address and interact with the Indian community in Germany, the statement added.
In 2021, India and Germany commemorated 70 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations and have been strategic partners since 2000.
According to the MEA, this visit will be an opportunity to enhance and intensify cooperation in a broad range of areas and for the two governments to exchange views on regional and global matters of mutual interest.
Prime Minister Modi will thereafter travel to Copenhagen on an official visit at the invitation of Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen.
He will also participate in the 2nd India-Nordic Summit being hosted by Denmark, the MEA added.
The bilateral component of the visit will include talks with PM Frederiksen as well as an audience with Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II.
The Green Strategic Partnership between India and Denmark was the first of its kind arrangement between the two countries. The visit would provide both sides an opportunity to review its progress, as well as examine ways to further expand their multifaceted cooperation, said the MEA.
During the visit, Prime Minister will attend an India-Denmark Business Forum and also address members of the Indian diaspora, the MEA added.
During the 2nd India-Nordic Summit, Prime Minister will also interact with other Nordic leaders - Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir of Iceland, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre of Norway, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson of Sweden and Prime Minister Sanna Marin of Finland, the MEA further noted.
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.
The 1st India-Nordic Summit took place in 2018 in Stockholm.
On his return journey on May 4, Prime Minister Modi will briefly stop-over in Paris and meet Emmanuel Macron, President of France, the MEA said.
India and France are celebrating 75 years of their diplomatic relations this year and the meeting between the two leaders will set a more ambitious agenda of the Strategic Partnership, it added.
President Macron was on Monday re-elected for a second successive term. Congratulating him on Twitter, PM Modi had said he looked forward to continue working together with President Macron to deepen the India-France Strategic Partnership.