PM Modi visits Ireland en route to the US

RSTV Bureau

modi irelandPrime Minister Narendra Modi is on a two-nation tour to Ireland and the US.

In the first leg of his seven-day trip, he arrived in Ireland on Wednesday afternoon. PM Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Ireland in almost 60 years. Before Modi, Nehru was the last PM to visit Ireland in 1956.

“From India to Ireland…strengthening ties and deepening cooperation,” Modi tweeted as soon as he landed in the country.

In his maiden day-long visit to Ireland enroute to the US, he is scheduled for a “tete-a-tete” with PM Enda Kenny at the Government Buildings in Dublin City Centre. After that there will be a working luncheon hosted by Kenny in the honour of PM Modi.

“We hope to further develop strong people-to-people and economic ties with Ireland in the years to come,”  PM Modi said in a facebook post.

PM Modi is also scheduled to have a brief interaction with the Indian community in Ireland before he leaves for New York. Ireland is home to around 26,000 persons of Indian origin, of which around 17,000 are Indian citizens.

“Leaving for Ireland, where I will hold delegation level talks with Mr. Enda Kenny, Taoiseach of Ireland & interact with Indian community,” tweeted the PM on Wednesday morning before leaving New Delhi.

In New York, PM Narendra Modi will address a UN Sustainable Development Summit and participate in a Summit on peacekeeping being hosted by US President Barack Obama.

The Prime Minister will also be meeting several world leaders and have interactions with leading investors and financial sector firms. There will be a working dinner where major Fortune-500 companies will be present to deliberate on investment opportunities in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also travel to the West Coast where he will visit Facebook Headquarters for a Townhall interaction with its CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He will also visit the Google campus and Tesla Motors.

The PM is scheduled to interact with the Indian community on September 27 in San Jose in the Bay Area.

“This visit seeks to build on the substantial ground covered during my last visit to USA and President Obama’s visit to India early this year,” he had said.

“I am sure my US visit will be fruitful and further deepen the bond between the world’s oldest and largest democracies,” PM Modi said before leaving.

He termed his visit to New York as a “historic moment” because his visit coincides with the UN’s 70th anniversary celebrations.

India is set to host a summit of G-4 leaders in New York where the main agenda would be UNSC reforms.

“India attaches great importance to the United Nations….In July, I had written a letter to heads of governments of 193 nations outlining India’s vision for UN agenda and reforms. I am glad that leaders of several nations wrote back appreciating our vision,” PM Modi said.

This is PM Narendra Modi’s 2nd visit to the US after assuming power in May 2014.

(With inputs from PTI)