A Quick Glimpse at PM Narendra Modi’s Three-Nation Tour

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is back in India after his five-day tour to three nations; Belgium, the United States and Saudi Arabia.

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Narendra Modi during his visit to Saudi Arabia

Modi first visited Brussels, where he attended the 13th EU-India summit and held talks with his Belgian counterpart Charles Michel on 30 March. He also paid tribute to those killed in 22 March terror attacks at Maalbeek metro station.

After which he went to Washington and then attended the Nuclear Security Summit on March 31 and April 1. Here, he stressed on the need to remain alert if nations want to combat terrorism and emphasized on the nuclear safety. He also advocated for international cooperation for fighting global terrorism.

He arrived in Riyadh on Sunday from Washington and then met Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz. During the talks with Saudi King, they talked about strengthening the India-Saudi corporation and also talked about ways to combat terrorism. They both expressed their strong condemnation of the phenomenon of terrorism in all its forms, no matter who the perpetrator was and what their motivation was. One point that emerged out of their meeting was that they strongly refused to link terrorism with any religion, caste and creed.

They also said that all the states should stop using terrorism against other countries, dismantle it if it exists anywhere and also they should stop supporting those who are helping terrorists and supporting them financially. Modi and Saudi King agreed to combat terrorism both at bilateral and multilateral system of the UN. They have also called upon the international communities to strengthen the ties and also to combat terrorism.

India and Saudi Arabia signed the MoU on cooperation in exchange of intelligence related to money laundering, crime related issues and terrorism financing. They also agreed to take action against illegal transfer of money. Also, among the MOUs that they signed, there is a special emphasis given to the Indians working in Saudi Arabia.

Before departing from Saudi Arabia, Modi inked five MoUs which covered a number of issues. PM Narendra Modi tweeted in both the languages, English and Arabic, “Thank you Saudi Arabia. Joined several programmes during my visit, which will deepen economic and people to people ties between our nations.”

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