New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left for the United Arab Emirates today after a productive visit in which he attended the G-7 Summit.
In a Tweet message, the Prime Minister said, he is leaving Germany after attending the G-7 Summit.
He interacted with several world leaders and participated in a memorable community programme in Munich. The leaders were able to discuss many issues aimed at furthering global well-being and prosperity, he added.
During his visit to the UAE, the Prime Minister will pay his personal condolences on the passing away of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the former UAE President and Abu Dhabi Ruler. He will also congratulate Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on his election as the new President of the UAE.
India and the UAE’s diplomatic relations date back to 1972. The two countries traditionally enjoy a strong bilateral relationship, which will be boosted by the visit of the Prime Minister. The UAE has emerged as an important economic hub not just within the context of West Asia but also globally. The India-UAE total trade merchandise has been valued at 52.76 billion dollars for the first nine months of the fiscal year 2021-22, making the UAE, India’s third-largest trading partner. Many Indian companies have invested in tourism, hospitality, catering, health, retail, and education sectors in West Asia.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on the sidelines of the G-7 Summit at Schloss Elmau in Germany. Mr Modi thanked Chancellor Scholz for the invitation to the Summit. The two leaders emphasised the need to take forward their Green and Sustainable Development Partnership. Discussions covered issues like climate action, provision of climate financing and technology transfer. Both leaders also agreed on the need to further deepen trade, investment and people-to-people ties. They also discussed greater coordination in international bodies, particularly in the context of India’s forthcoming G-20 presidency. The two leaders also exchanged views on regional and global developments.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has thanked the people of Germany, Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the German Government for their hospitality during the visit. In a tweet, Mr Modi expressed confidence that the India-Germany friendship will scale newer heights in the times to come.
Prime Minister Modi also held bilateral talks with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau. The leaders discussed bilateral ties and agreed to expand trade and economic linkages, cooperation in security and counter-terrorism, as well as P2P ties. Mr Modi and President of the European Commission Ursula Von Der Leyen also held talks. Issues such as stronger trade ties, cooperation to mitigate climate change, emerging technologies and cultural linkages were discussed during the meeting.
Prime Minister Modi also met South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Both leaders reviewed the progress made in bilateral relations between the two countries, particularly following the signing of the Strategic Programme of Cooperation in 2019.