Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his 3 nation visit to France, Germany and Canada today. He will leave New Delhi on Thursday evening. Tweeting from his personal handle early on Thursday, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister announced “Today I begin my visit to France, Germany and Canada”.
The visits are tipped to be crucial for India’s bid to intensify its nuclear energy programmes and better economic co-operation with the host nations.
The Prime Minister’s visit will begin with an official reception in France on Friday, April 10th. He would be meeting the heads of state and hold extensive meetings and discussions. On agenda will be “to fortify India-France relationship in the times to come” according to a letter on Modi’s website. The letter further read “PM Modi would be holding discussions with various leaders strengthening India-France economic co-operation. Shri Narendra Modi would also be paying a visit to some high-tech industrial units outside Paris. The Prime Minister would also be visiting World War I memorial at Neuve Chapelle.”
This will be PM Narendra Modi’s first visit to France after taking over as the Prime Minister. He is expected to hold discussions to advance the purchase of nuclear reactors and fuel from France and Canada. Also on the list will be to speed up the deal on building two reactors in Maharashtra.
In the second leg of his tour, PM Modi will reach Germany on the 12th April. In a three day visit, the Prime Minister would meet with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. According to his website, he will be “jointly inaugurating the Hannover Messe, the largest industrial trade fair in the world.”
The Prime Minister will end his tour with a visit to Canada from 15th April to 16th April. After official meetings with the Canadian PM, Stephen Harper and other senior state leaders, PM Narendra Modi would be holding series of meetings with the top business leaders and industrialists in Ottawa and Toronto. In Canada, he would also be “reaching out to the Indian diaspora in Toronto and Vancouver”.