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As India has close ties with European countries for bilateral cooperation on economic, defence, science and technology, and nuclear fronts, fight against terror, and many more, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be going on a four nation European tour starting today.
He will be first visiting Germany, to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel and will head head the fourth biennial Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC). India and Germany have more than 23 working groups that are related to climate change, energy, infrastructure and tourism. Germany also supports India’s membership in different export control regimes, including the NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group).
He will then be meeting Premier Mariano Rajoy in Spain, and Spanish King Felipe VI. Spain’s advanced technology and infrastructure, and a cooperation in counter-terror will be some of the main topics to be discussed.
On May 31, he will be travelling to Russia where he will meet President Vladimir Putin. He will also, for the first time, be attending St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). Science and technology cooperation and people-to-people contacts are also areas that will come up for discussion during the Modi-Putin meeting.
The final stop will be France, where Modi will meet the newly President-elect Macron, considering that India & France have very strong cooperation in space, civil, nuclear, defence and economy.
Building a connection with other countries is important, and visiting them is always a good way of showing cooperation. India as a growing nation needs this.