PM Modi says his visits to France, UAE & Bahrain will strengthen India’s relations with time-tested friends

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave on a three-nation visit  to France, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain today. In the first leg of his visit, Mr Modi will meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris and hold bilateral talks on trade, security, energy security, counter terrorism and maritime cooperation in Indo-Pacific. He will meet also meet French Prime Minister Eduard Charles Philippe. 

Mr Modi will address an event of the Indian Community at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris and inaugurate a memorial for Indian victims of two tragic air crashes of Air India flights in 1950 and 1966. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said his visits to France, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will strengthen India’s relations with time-tested friends and help explore new areas of cooperation. In a statement ahead of his visit, Mr Modi said in France, he is looking forward to holding talks with President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Philippe. He added that he would also interact with the Indian community and dedicate a memorial to the Indian victims of the two Air India crashes in France in the 1950s and 1960s. 

The Prime Minister said that in UAE, there would be comprehensive talks with His Highness the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He said, he is looking forward to jointly release the stamp to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi along with His Highness the Crown Prince. He said it will be an honour to receive the Order of Zayed, the highest civilian decoration being conferred by the UAE Government, during this visit.

Mr Modi said his visit to Bahrain would be the first ever Prime Ministerial visit to the Kingdom. He said, he is looking forward to meeting Prime Minister His Royal Highness Prince Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Majesty the King of Bahrain Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

Talking to AIR, Indian Ambassador to France Vinay Mohan Kavatra said that Prime Minister’s visit comes at vary crucial time and will boost cooperation in between the two countries in various sectors.

The bilateral discussions will strengthen the bond that exists between the two countries in key areas of strategic cooperation such as cyber security, International solar alliance and joint development projects in Information technology and cyber security. PM  will visit the United Arab Emirates where he will be awarded with the Order of  Zayed, the highest of civil order named behind the founder of the Country.  

The visit to Bahrain is significant as this will be the first visit of an Indian Prime Minister to the Country. Mr.Modi will inaugurate the renovated Krishna Temple in Manama. He will hold talks with the Prince of the state of Bahrain. As India has been extended a special invitation for the G7 summit, Mr.Modi will attend the summit held at Biarritz France. 

The Hindu

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