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Urmanpreet Singh, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on an official tour to Belgium, United States and Saudi Arabia from March 30, 2016 to April 3, 2016. During the five day tour, Modi met several leaders and also participated in two different summits, namely India-EU summit in Brussels and 4th Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC.
Major Highlights of the visit to Belgium
In the first leg of his visit to Belgium, Modi was given a ceremonial welcome at Egmont Palace in Brussels. Brussels is the headquarters of European Union and NATO.
He attended 13th India-EU summit and held meeting with Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel.
From Belgium, he also activated Asia’s largest ‘general purpose’ optical telescope installed in ‘Devsthal’, 60 km from Nainital, through ‘Remote Technical Activation’
During the visit, the two nations released a joint statement and an agenda that will serve as a roadmap for EU-India cooperation in what is referred to as Action 2020.
The Joint Declaration on the India-EU Water Partnership was adopted to enhance cooperation on environment issues, including on the ‘Clean India’ and ‘Clean Ganga’ flagship programmes.
The EU-India strategic partnership was launched in 2004. The last summit was held in Delhi in 2012.
Major Highlights of the visit to the United States
In the second leg of his tour to three nations, Modi visited the United States where he attended the 4th Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC. The summit focused on a gamut of issues pertaining to nuclear security.
The two-day summit highlighted achievements and commitments of several countries towards safeguarding nuclear devices and technologies and reducing the threat of nuclear terrorism.
He also announced a contribution of 1 million US dollars to Nuclear Security Fund of International Atomic Energy Agency.
India, US signed MoU for setting up Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) observatory in India.
Major Highlights of the visit to Saudi Arabia
Prime Minister inspected the guard of honour at the Ceremonial Welcome in Riyadh.
India and Saudi Arabia signed five agreements and MoUs.
During the visit, Modi met with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud and visited gold-plated replica of the Cheraman Juma Masjid of Kerala, situated in Thrissur district, the mosque is believed to be the first mosque built in India by Arab traders around 629 AD.
He also met with other ministers of the nation and invited Saudi Arabia’s top business tycoons to invest in India’s key sectors like defence, insurance, railway and oil.
He interacted with the business leaders at Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh during his visit to Saudi Arabia.
He visited TCS All Women IT Centre and Masmak Fortress in Riyadh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was bestowed with Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian order award dubbed King Abdul-Aziz Sash. The honour was named after Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, the founder of the modern Saudi state
Amidst all these tours it is clearly visible that the PM is doing his best to create a position of India in the world.