After power packed 5-nation tour, PM Modi returns home

SansadTV Bureau
Washington:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama during their joint press briefing in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Tuesday.PTI Photo

Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama during their joint press briefing in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, June 7, 2016. Photo – PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned home Saturday morning after a five-nation tour. Highlight of the tour was his meeting with US President Barack Obama, which was followed by his address to the US Congress in Washington. PM Modi is the fifth Indian leader to address the US Congress since 1985.

During his meeting with US President Obama, the two leaders deliberated on issues ranging from bilateral trade, energy, security and India’s entry to the elite Nuclear Security Group.

This was Prime Minister Modi’s fourth visit to the United States, while he has met Obama seven times since becoming the Prime Minister. In his wide-ranging talks with President Obama at the White House, US recognised India as a “major defence partner”.

During his six-day tour, Modi also visited Afghanistan, Qatar, Switzerland and Mexico with an aim to bolster ties. Modi received the backing of two key Nuclear Suppliers Group members – Switzerland and Mexico – for its bid to secure the membership of the 48-nation bloc.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in one on one conversation, June 7, 2016. Courtersy: Twitter/MEAIndia

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in one on one conversation, June 7, 2016.
Courtersy: Twitter/MEAIndia

Mexico was the last stoppage of PM Modi’s five-nation trip.

During his visit, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced his country’s support to India’s membership for the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) after holding wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a major focus on further deepening cooperation in a range of areas including trade and investment, information technology, energy and space.

Before leaving for home, Modi had tweeted, “Thank you Mexico. A new era in India-Mexico ties has begun and this relationship is going to benefit our people and the entire world.”

“Five days, five countries! After a productive visit to Mexico, the last leg of his journey, PM departs for Delhi,” External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup had tweeted.

Earlier in his visit, India got the backing of Switzerland in its bid to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). The two countries also resolved to strengthen cooperation in combating tax evasion and blackmoney.