On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ahead of his visit to France, the UAE and Bahrain, said the engagements will strengthen India’s relations with time-tested friends and help explore new areas of cooperation.
Modi will visit the 3 countries from August 22 to 26. On Thursday, he will reach France. In his departure statement, the Prime Minister said his visit to France reflects the strong strategic partnership which the two countries deeply value and share.
He will have bilateral meetings in France, including a summit interaction with President Emmanuel Macron and a meeting with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe from August 22-23.
Modi will also interact with the Indian community and dedicate a memorial to the Indian victims of the two Air India crashes in France in the 1950s and 1960s.
Thereafter, he will participate in the G7 Summit meetings as Biarritz Partner at the invitation of President Macron in the sessions on Environment, Climate, Oceans and on Digital Transformation from August 25-26.
The Prime Minister said, “India and France have excellent bilateral ties, which are reinforced by a shared vision to cooperate for further enhancing peace and prosperity for our two countries and the world at large.”
During the visit to the UAE from August 23-24, the Prime Minister said he looks forward to discuss the entire gamut of bilateral relations and regional and international issues of mutual interest with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Modi said he looks forward to jointly releasing the stamp to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi along with the Crown Prince.
The UAE is the third-largest trade partner and fourth-largest exporter of crude oil for India, he said.
He will also be visiting the Kingdom of Bahrain from 24-25, August 2019. This would be the first ever Prime Ministerial visit from India to the Kingdom. He said “I look forward to discussing with Prime Minister His Royal Highness Prince Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the ways to further boost our bilateral relations and share views on regional and international issues of mutual interest. I would also be meeting His Majesty the King of Bahrain Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and other leaders.”