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Recap 2023- PM Narendra Modi Foreign Visits

1. Prime Minister’s meeting with Prime Minister of Japan

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan held a bilateral meeting during the G-7 Summit in Hiroshima on May 20, 2023. This marked their second meeting in the year, with a prior meeting during Prime Minister Kishida’s visit to India in March. They discussed the bilateral Special Strategic and Global Partnership, emphasizing cooperation in education, skill development, tourism, green initiatives, high technology, semiconductors, and digital public infrastructure.

Both leaders highlighted the importance of addressing the concerns and priorities of the Global South and exchanged views on regional developments, particularly in the Indo-Pacific. The leaders also touched upon combating terrorism and United Nations reform. The meeting reflected a commitment to strengthen ties and collaboration on various fronts between India and Japan.

2. Prime Minister Modi Visits in Papua New Guinea

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a historic visit to Papua New Guinea, marking the first-ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister to the country. During the third FIPIC summit, Modi affirmed India’s commitment as a reliable partner to Pacific Island nations. The summit, hosted by Modi, gathered leaders from Samoa, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, and more. Notably, Modi and PM Marape launched the translation of Thirukkural into the Tok Pisin language.

Bilateral discussions with PM Marape focused on strengthening ties in trade, investment, health, capacity building, skill development, and IT. Climate action and people-to-people ties were also key topics. Following this visit, Modi is set to meet Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to discuss a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement, people-to-people contact, renewable energy, and defense cooperation. The visit underscores India’s commitment to fostering diplomatic and economic partnerships across the Pacific region.

3. Prime Minister Modi Visits in Australia

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on May 24, 2023, at Admiralty House in Sydney. The visit began with a Ceremonial Welcome and Guard of Honour. Both leaders reflected on the productive 1st Annual Leaders’ Summit in March 2023 and reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing the India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. Discussions centered on defense and security, trade and investment, renewable energy, green hydrogen, critical minerals, education, migration, and people-to-people ties.

They celebrated the signing of the India-Australia Migration and Mobility Partnership Arrangement (MMPA) and the establishment of a Consulate General of India in Brisbane. The leaders also welcomed the India-Australia Hydrogen Task Force’s Terms of Reference for promoting clean hydrogen technologies. They expressed determination for a peaceful Indo-Pacific, underlining a rules-based international order, and discussed UN Security Council reforms. Prime Minister Albanese affirmed Australia’s strong support for India’s G20 Presidency and initiatives, anticipating the G20 Summit in New Delhi in September 2023.

4. Prime Minister Modi Visits in United States

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PM Modi was welcomed by a massive congregation of the Indian diaspora at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, met with billionaire Elon Musk and other elite luminaries, and oversaw a cultural programme at the UN Headquarters in Midtown Manhattan to commemorate International Yoga Day. He then traveled to Washington, D.C. and paid his first official State visit to the United States, hosted by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at the White House, and separately met various other US business and tech leaders and addressed a joint session of the United States Congress.

5. Prime Minister Modi Visits in Egypt

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PM Modi paid a state visit to Egypt on the invitation of the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and received Order of the Nile, the highest civilian honour of Egypt. This is his first visit to Egypt as PM and the first bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister in 26 years. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi had extended an invitation to Modi in January this year as he attended Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.

Egypt has traditionally been one of India’s most important trading partners in the African continent and the Bilateral Trade Agreement between the two nations has been in operation since March 1978. It is based on the Most Favored Nation clause, according to the Egyptian Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics. The two countries also share a close political understanding based on a long history of contact and cooperation in bilateral, regional and global issues.

6. Prime Minister Modi Visits in France

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During his visit to France, Prime Minister Modi, as the Guest of Honour, participated in the Bastille Day parade, reviewing French troops alongside President Macron. The inclusion of an Indian armed forces contingent underscored the robust military bonds between the two nations. Subsequently, extensive bilateral talks between Modi and Macron covered diverse issues, reaffirming their commitment to enhancing the India-France Strategic Partnership, particularly in defense, security, counter-terrorism, space, and civil nuclear cooperation.

A state banquet hosted by President Macron provided a platform for further discussions, attended by dignitaries from both countries. Additionally, Prime Minister Modi visited Airbus headquarters, engaging with the company’s CEO to explore potential collaborations in the aviation sector. This successful visit served to fortify the longstanding cooperation between India and France, setting the stage for increased collaboration in the future.

7. Prime Minister Modi Visits in South Africa

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In his sole official visit to South Africa in 2023 from August 22 to 24, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the 15th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg at the invitation of President Cyril Ramaphosa. This marked the first in-person BRICS summit in three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Modi actively participated in various BRICS sessions, focusing on themes such as challenges and opportunities in the global order and strengthening BRICS partnership for global stability, security, and prosperity.

During a bilateral meeting with President Ramaphosa, discussions encompassed enhancing India-South Africa relations, with a focus on trade, investment, agriculture, and defense cooperation. The visit underscored the commitment to a robust strategic partnership between the two nations and provided a platform for Prime Minister Modi to engage with other BRICS leaders on global concerns.

8. Prime Minister Modi Visits in Greece

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Prime Minister Modi’s historic visit to Greece on August 25, 2023, marked a significant milestone, being the first by an Indian Prime Minister in 40 years. This underscored a renewed commitment to fortifying bilateral ties between the two ancient civilizations. The visit aimed at deepening relations, covering areas such as trade, investment, shipping, migration, and defense, recognizing shared cultural affinities. Greece’s strategic location was emphasized in alignment with India’s “Look East” policy.

During meetings with Greek leadership, agreements on maritime cooperation, defense, and cultural exchange were signed. Prime Minister Modi addressed the Hellenic Parliament, paid respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and received Greece’s highest civilian award, the Grand Cross of the Order of Honour. The outcomes included enhanced cooperation and the reaffirmation of a strategic partnership. Beyond official engagements, interactions with the Indian diaspora strengthened cultural ties, contributing to India’s broader engagement with Europe and the Mediterranean. Overall, the visit laid a foundation for a closer and more strategic partnership between India and Greece.

9. Prime Minister Modi Visits in Indonesia

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Prime Minister Modi actually had two official visits to Indonesia in 2023, so I need more information to understand which one you’re interested in:

1. September 6-7, 2023: This was a one-day visit to Jakarta where he attended the 20th ASEAN-India Summit and 18th East Asia Summit, hosted by Indonesia as the current Chair of ASEAN.

2. December 1, 2023: This was a one-day visit to Bali where he attended the World Climate Action Summit of the COP-28 as part of his trip to France.

10. Prime Minister Modi Visits in United Arab Emirates

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Prime Minister Modi actually had two official visits to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2023, so I need a little more information to understand which one you’re interested in:

  1. July 15, 2023: A one-day visit to Abu Dhabi where he met with UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The focus was on deepening bilateral ties in key areas like energy, food security, and defense.
  2. December 1, 2023: Attended the World Climate Action Summit of the COP-28 as part of his trip to France.