All You need to know about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 5-nation tour

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during his short visit to the nation where he inaugurated Salma Dam
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during his short visit to the nation where he inaugurated Salma Dam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on his five country tour beginning Saturday, June 4, 2016. The duration of the tour is from June 4 to June 10. During his tour, he is scheduled to visit Afghanistan, Qatar, Switzerland, Mexico and the U.S.. This was initially supposed to be a three nation tour and later got stretched to a five nation tour. Switzerland and Mexico are the two countries who have opposed India’s inclusion in the Nuclear Suppliers Group, also known as NSG and it is expected that an extraordinary session is planned on June 9 in Vienna where all the new membership applications will be discussed.

Foreign Secretary, S Jaishankar said, “What happened was that the visit schedules came together. The Swiss visit arose from a meeting that the Prime Minister had with the Swiss president on sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit. The Mexican tour has been on our minds since September.”

His first stop was Afghanistan, where he went to Herat to inaugurate the Salma Dam (Afghan India Friendship Dam). The dam has been constructed at the cost of Rs. 1,400 crore as a perfect tribute to the Afghan-India friendship. He exchange notes with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and set agenda for the bilateral cooperation. PM Narendra Modi was conferred the Amir Amanullah Khan Award, highest civilian award by Afghan government.

Competing the short visit to Afghanistan, PM Modi headed for Qatar as a part of his bilateral visit. In Qatar, he aimed to strengthen economic and people-to-people ties between India and Qatar. He aims to seek some kind of investment and also at the same time realize the full potential of trade and investment cooperation which will take place between the two countries. He will also hold talks with his counterpart Abdullah bin Naseer bin Khalifa Al Thani and Emir Sheikh. His first programme in Qatar was a visit to a Workers’ camp in downtown Doha where he enjoyed snacks with workers.

After Qatar, PM Modi will head for Switzerland where the black money agenda will be the topic of discussion. He will also meet President Schneider- Ammann and will also meet businesspersons and Indian scientists at the CERN. On this visit, S Jaishankar said, “We are in touch with the Swiss government under the DTAA (Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement) mandate and we have had some discussions on this and we have a few planned in the near future. We have received support from the Swiss authorities on an exchange of information on tax data between the two countries.”

After which, he will head for the U.S. where he is will be meeting President Barack Obama for seventh time and they will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress. He aims to build upon the progress achieved in India-US ties and also to strengthen the strategic partnership with them.

On June 9, he will head to Mexico, who is also a privileged partner in the Latin American region, which will make the India-Mexico ties, even more, stronger.

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