PM Modi begins his three-day tour to Europe

PM Modi begins his three-day tour to Europe

Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his three-day tour to Germany, Denmark and France on Monday. He will be in Berlin to hold a bilateral meeting with the Federal Chancellor of Germany, H E Olaf Scholz.

PM Modi's tour to Europe comes at a time when the region is facing a number of trade, finance and geopolitical challenges due to the Russia-Ukraine war.

PM Modi and the German chancellor will co-chair the 6th India-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations IGC a unique biennial format that India only conducts with Germany, according to a statement by the Prime Minister's Office. Several Indian ministers will be in Germany and will hold consultations with their German counterparts.

After a visit to Berlin, PM Modi will be in Copenhagen, Denmark to hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Frederiksen to discuss the 'Green Strategic Partnership'.

PM Modi will also be involved in the India-Denmark Business Roundtable and interact with the Indian community in Denmark.

PM Modi will be part of the second India-Nordic Summit, along with prime ministers of Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Sweden and Norway. The Summit will focus on topics such as post-pandemic economic recovery, climate change, innovation and technology, and renewable energy.

PM Modi will stop in Paris and meet President Emmanuel Macron during the return trip to India.

Foreign secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra said that Prime Minister Modi will exchange views on the Ukraine issue. Energy security will be one of the areas of discussion during bilateral meetings with the European leaders, he said.

This is PM Modi's first trip to Ukraine. Our position on Ukraine has been clear. There should be a cessation of hostilities first, and a solution must be found through dialogue and diplomacy, Kwatra said.