Prime Minister Narendra Modi today concluded his 3-nation tour and is already on his way back to India on Thursday. He visited France, meeting the newly re-elected President Emmanuel Macron, Copenhagen where he was welcomed by Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen and also met with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin. This brief 3-day trip was aimed at strengthening bilateral ties between India and Europe.
India’s Ministry of External Affairs said that PM Modi’s visit may have been a short one but was very productive. In a tweet, spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said PM Modi trip advanced trade and investment ties, finalized new green partnerships and also promoted collaborations for innovation and skill development.
In France, PM Modi received a very warm welcome from Emmanuel Macron, who tweeted about the meeting. He said, “We discussed the different ongoing international crises as well as our strategic partnership. We also talked about food security issues and the FARM initiative, in which India will play a key role.”
Talking about his meeting with Chancellor Scholz, PM Modi said, “I had an extensive conversation with Chancellor Scholz about trade, economy, innovation, culture and relations between peoples. The two countries will work together in several areas. This partnership will benefit our entire planet.”
During his visit, PM Modi talked about Ukraine-Russia situation and said that no country will benefit from war. He said that India encourages the two countries to cease fire and initiate dialogue to resolve issues.
On Tuesday, PM Modi attended the second India-Nordic summit, which mainly focused on post-pandemic economic recovery, global security concerns, climate change and environmental sustainability. On the sidelines of the meet, PM Modi met with leaders and counterparts from Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.