PM Modi’s Foreign Inbox Crowded with Upcoming Events

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By Sarkaritel June 6, 2014 23:04

PM Modi’s Foreign Inbox Crowded with Upcoming Events


प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेन्‍द्र मोदी का आधिकारिक फोटो।

प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेन्‍द्र मोदी का आधिकारिक फोटो।

Bilateral and Multilateral meetings ahead for India to push for stronger ties worldwide

By TN Ashok

New Delhi, June 06: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s inbox on foreign policy is crowded following the worldwide interest generated on India following his spectacular victory at the 2014 general elections and his bold foreign policy initiative in bringing SAARC leaders under one umbrella after a relative sluggish period.

 

Modi’s invite to SAARC leaders to attend the swearing in ceremony of his council of ministers had caught global attention and invitations were pouring in from different quarters for him to visit their countries besides a number of foreign ministers scheduled to visit India in the next few months. Besides these there is a BRICS summit in July and SAARC summit in Kathmandu in November.

There are four major events between June and November that necessitates the Prime Ministers presence in Bhutan, Japan, USA and East Asia Summit of ASEAN and G20 summit, Syed Akbaruddin, spokesman of the External Affairs Ministry said.

Prime Minister’s first external visit has been confirmed and it shall happen at the end of June this year, he said adding however that officials were working out other dates for other visits .

Modi will visit Japan as per the invite of the prime minister of that country in July but the exact date is to be finalised. “It is not clear as yet if Modi would visit Japan after attending the BRICS summit in Brazil or  go to Brazil after visiting Japan”, he said.

Akbaruddin also clarified that the numerous scheduled visits of the external affairs minister Ms Sushma Swaraj shall happen only after Prime Minister’s visit to Bhutan.

“US President Barrack Obama had congratulated Modi when he had just become Prime Minister designate soon after the electoral victory and had invited him to Washington, USA in September this year. As the UN General Assembly has its session also in September, the prime minister is likely to combine both for the USA visit”, he said.

He also confirmed the visit of the US assistant secretary of state Ms Nisha Biswal to Delhi from Monday and said it formed part of the Indo-US dialogue on bilateral cooperation on several joint projects. Media reports from the US have suggested that Ms NIsha has been given a

special brief to work on the visit of Modi to USA and line up the agenda for discussion.

The spokesman explained that the Prime Minister’s foreign policy initiatives’ were prioritised in the neighbourhood of India. This was one of the reasons why he had invited all the SAARC leaders for the swearing in ceremony.

On the foreign ministers visiting India, the spokesman confirmed that the Chinese foreign minister would be visiting Delhi this Sunday and the French foreign minister sometime later in June.  Other foreign ministers were also scheduled to visit later but the itinerary was not clear at this stage.

To a question on whether the Italian foreign minister had contacted his counterpart in India, Ms Sushma Swaraj on the Italian marines’ issue, the spokesman said it was a routine call for congratulating the new government and the new minister and some bilateral issues were discussed. Its true that the Italian foreign minister raised the issue of the Italian marines and the Indian external affairs minister pointed out that the matter was in court and it was sub judice, he said.

On the issue of abduction of an Indian worker in herath in Afghanistan, he said the afghan government had shared some importantleads with India and both sides were working hard towards the resolution of this issue.

On the issue of media reporst alleging Russia was supplying some arms to Pakistan including helicopters, the spokesman said he was only competent to talk about Indo Russian relations and not Russia’s relations with 3rd countries. As far as Russia’s relations with India were concerned,  in spheres of defence the cooperatio, it was extensive and based on mutual benefit and also took care of sensitivity of mutual concerns.

Sarkaritel
By Sarkaritel June 6, 2014 23:04