New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay an official visit to Germany, Denmark and France from May 2 to May 4. This will be the Prime Minister’s first visit abroad in 2022.
In Berlin, the Prime Minister will hold bilateral talks with Olaf Scholz, Federal Chancellor of Germany. The two leaders will co-chair the sixth edition of the India-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC).
The biennial IGC is a unique dialogue format that also sees the participation of several Ministers from both sides. This will be Prime Minister’s first IGC with Chancellor Scholz and also the first such Government-to-Government consultations of the new German government, which assumed office in December 2021, an MEA release said.
During his visit, Prime Minister Modi and Chancellor Scholz would also jointly address a Business Event. Mr Modi will address and interact with the Indian community in Germany.
In 2021, India and Germany commemorated 70 years of establishing diplomatic relations and have been strategic partners since 2000.
This visit will be an opportunity to enhance and intensify cooperation in a broad range of areas and for the two governments to exchange views on regional and global matters of mutual interest.
The Prime Minister will thereafter travel to Copenhagen on an official visit at the invitation of the Prime Minister of Denmark, Ms Mette Frederiksen. He will also participate in the 2nd India-Nordic Summit, hosted by Denmark.
The bilateral component of the visit will include talks with PM Frederiksen as well as an audience with Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II.
The Green Strategic Partnership is the first of its kind arrangement between India and Denmark. The visit would provide both sides with an opportunity to review its progress. The Prime Minister will also attend an India-Denmark Business Forum and address members of the Indian diaspora.
During the 2nd India-Nordic Summit, Prime Minister will also interact with other Nordic leaders-Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir of Iceland, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre of Norway, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson of Sweden and Prime Minister Sanna Marin of Finland.
The Summit will focus on post-pandemic economic recovery, climate change, innovation and technology, renewable energy, the evolving global security scenario and India-Nordic cooperation in the Arctic region. The 1st India-Nordic Summit took place in 2018 in Stockholm.
On his return journey on May 4 2022, the prime minister will briefly stop in Paris and meet Emmanuel Macron, President of France. India and France are celebrating 75 years of diplomatic relations this year, and the meeting between the two leaders will set a more ambitious agenda of the Strategic Partnership.