Washington, DC: Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a three – nation tour to Belgium, United States and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from the Indian capital.
According to Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup, the Prime Minister will reach Brussels, the capital of Belgium on Wednesday. Nandini Singla, Joint Secretary (Europe West) said, the Prime Minister will take part in a series of activities at Brussels apart from addressing Indian diaspora.
The Prime Minister will also take part in India-EU summit where he will take forward the ongoing consultations with the European Union, EU on finalization of Broad based Trade and Investment Agreement, BTIA. The Prime Minister is the first foreign dignitary who will be on the state visit to Belgium just a week after the deadly terror bombings which rocked Brussels.
In his second leg of the tour, the Prime Minister will attend the fourth Nuclear Security Summit at Washington DC on Thursday and Friday this week. He will present national progress report outlining the measures being taken by New Delhi for strengthening nuclear security and safety of nuclear technologies and devices. He is also likely to have bilateral meetings with heads of some countries.
The final stop over of his trip is to Saudi Arabia where 2.96 million Indians are residing. Modi will visit office of two Indian companies besides holding talks with Saudi leadership’s on trade and investment among other issues. Some agreements are expected to be signed in Brussels and Saudi Arabia during the Prime Minister’s Modi’s visit.