New Delhi, Jun 24 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today
embarked on a three-nation tour of Portugal, the US and the
Netherlands during which he will hold talks with the top leadership of
those countries to boost bilateral ties.
The highlight of his four-day visit will be the US leg as Modi will be
meeting President Donald Trump for the first time on June 26 in
Ahead of his US visit, Modi said he looked forward to the opportunity of
having an in-depth exchange of views.
“My USA visit is aimed at deepening ties between our nations. Strong
India-USA ties benefit our nations & the world,” he had tweeted.
In a statement posted on Facebook, Modi said his two-day visit to
Washington from June 25 was at the invitation of Trump.
Apart from official meetings with Trump and his cabinet colleagues,
Modi will be meeting some prominent American CEOs.
In the first leg of the tour, Modi will visit Portugal where he will have
talks with Prime Minister Antonio Costa.
“Building on our recent discussions, we will review the progress of
various joint initiatives and decisions,” he said about his upcoming
meeting with Costa.
After the US visit, Modi will travel to the Netherlands on June 27 where
he will have a meeting with the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and
call on King Willem-Alexander and meet Queen Maxima.
This year, the two countries are celebrating 70 years of the
establishment of Indo-Dutch diplomatic relations.
“I look forward to meeting Prime Minister Rutte and reviewing our
bilateral relations. I would be exchanging views with PM Rutte on
important global issues including counter- terrorism and climate
change,” Modi said ahead of the visit.
2015 Kashmir Despatch