PM Modi arrives in Spain, aims to improve economic and cultural relations
This is the first visit to Spain by an Indian prime minister since 1988.india Updated: May 31, 2017 09:50 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night reached Madrid in Spain, the second leg of his six-day, four-nation tour in Europe.
“Landed in Spain, marking the start of a very important visit aimed at improving economic and cultural relations with Spain,” Modi tweeted.
During his stay, he is expected to meet the top leadership of the country to discuss issues of mutual interests. He is also expected to call on King of Spain - King Felipe VI on Wednesday.
“Hola Espana! Prime Minister Modi arrives in Madrid, first visit by an Indian Prime Minister in nearly three decades, is received by Spanish FM in a special gesture,” said Gopal Baglay, spokesperson for the ministry of external affairs in a tweet.
The Prime Minister will be discussing ways to enhance bilateral engagement, especially in economic sphere, and cooperation on international issues of common concern, particularly in combating terrorism.
Modi will also meet top chief executive officers of the Spanish industry and encourage them to take part in the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
During his tour to Spain, a number of agreements are likely to be inked in the fields including, renewable energy, high speed rail, infrastructure, civil aviation, water waste management and air space management.
This is the first visit by an Indian prime minister since 1988.
Before leaving for Spain, Modi on Tuesday paid a courtesy call to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at his official residence in Berlin.
Modi met Steinmeier at Castle Bellevue, the scenic official residence of the German President located in Berlin’s Tiergarten district on the banks of the river Spree, and signed the visitor’s book before being given a tour of the castle.
Thank you Germany! My visit has led to very positive outcomes in terms of furthering the close ties India and Germany enjoy.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 30, 2017
Earlier in the day, Modi was received by German chanceller Angela Merkel at the chancellery for the Fourth Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) during which the two leaders reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral issues and clinched 12 agreements.
Eight of the declarations of intent were signed by senior ministers and envoys in the prime ministerial delegation in the presence of the two leaders while the others were confirmed on the sidelines.
They covered areas of digitalisation, skill development, sustainability, cyber policy, development cooperation, advanced training, vocational education, health sector, alternative medicine, foreign service institutes, railway safety and sustainable urban development.