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PM Modi lands in Delhi after concluding a successful five-nation tour

News Agencies | Updated on: 10 June 2016, 8:52 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in New Delhi on 10 June after concluding his five-nation tour to Afghanistan, Qatar, Switzerland, the U.S. and Mexico, beginning with his visit to Herat on Sunday, on a high note.

He was received at the Palam Airport by a delegation of Bharatiya Janata Party leaders

The Prime Minister and Afghan President Dr. Ashraf Ghani launched the 'Afghan-India Friendship Dam', earlier known as the Salma Dam, followed by a lunch hosted by President Ghani.

On Monday, the Prime Minister started the day with a meeting with business leaders. After that, we went to the Emiri Diwan, where he had a meeting with the Emir of Qatar, which was followed by signing of seven agreements.

The next day, the Prime Minister arrived in Switzerland, where he held a meeting with the President of the Swiss Confederation, followed by a business meeting and then he left Switzerland for the United States, where he directly arrived in Washington at the invitation of President Barack Obama on Monday.

On June 6, the Prime Minister went to the Arlington Cemetery for a wreath laying, and then he attended two events at Blair House, where he was staying. The two events included a meeting with heads of American think tanks and the other was a function involving the repatriation of cultural property.

On June 7, Prime Minister Modi held a meeting with President Barack Obama, followed by a lunch that President Obama hosted for him.

In the evening, the Prime Minister met business leaders in the US and addressed the US-India Business Council. Between the two, between the President's meeting and the business meeting at the end of the day, Defence Secretary Ashton Carter called on the Prime Minister.

Marking their third major bilateral summit, the Prime Minister and the President reviewed the deepening strategic partnership between the United States and India. They pledged to pursue new opportunities to bolster economic growth and sustainable development, promote peace and security at home and around the world, strengthen inclusive, democratic governance and respect for universal human rights, and provide global leadership on issues of shared interest.

The leaders welcomed the significant progress made in bilateral relations between India and the United States during their tenure, in accordance with the roadmaps set out in the Joint Statements issued during Prime Minister Modi's visit to the United States in September 2014 and President Obama's visit to India in January 2015.

The leaders affirmed the increasing convergence in their strategic perspectives and emphasised the need to remain closely invested in each other's security and prosperity.

On June 8, the Prime Minister devoted the forenoon to the US Congress, meeting the Speaker, the Congressional leadership, and delivering an address to the joint meeting of the US Congress.

It was followed by a lunch hosted by the Speaker in honour of the Prime Minister and a reception jointly hosted by the House and Senate Committees on Foreign Relations and the India Caucus.

In the afternoon, the Prime Minister took off to Mexico City, where he had a meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto.

During their meeting, President Enrique Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Modi recognised the opportunities to define the path of the India-Mexico Privileged Partnership for the 21st Century that allows the growth of bilateral relations in economic field, in science and technology and in the most important issues of the global agenda reflecting a broad convergence of long-term political, economic and strategic goals.


First published: 10 June 2016, 8:52 IST