PM Modi to embark on three-nation tour today; defence, nuclear power on agenda

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 09, 2015 12:24 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave on Thursday for a nine-day tour of France, Germany and Canada with focus on inviting investments, particularly in infrastructure and defence sectors, besides cooperation in nuclear and a variety of other areas.

In the first leg of the tour, Modi will travel to France where economy, defence and energy will be high on the agenda of his talks with President Francois Hollande. He will also have two back-to-back meetings with French business leaders, one focussing on cooperation in infrastructure and another on defence technology, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar told reporters.

In France, the Prime Minister will also visit the World War-I memorial and pay tributes to about 10,000 Indians who lost their lives while fighting alongside France.

Modi will inaugurate the Hannover Messe, considered the largest congregation of business tycoons, along with German chancellor Angela Merkel. India is the partner country of the fair this year where over 350 Indian enterprises are participating. Expecting that Modi's visit will take the relationship to a "new level", German ambassador Michael Steiner said chancellor Merkel will come to India in October for the inter-govermental meeting where all major issues will be deliberated at length.

The Prime Minister will have a round-table with top German CEOs on Sunday and again will interact with around 800 business leaders the next day at the Indo-German business summit. He may have one-on-one meetings with some of the CEOs, according to Steiner.

Chief Ministers of Meghalaya, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra are also likely to attend Hanover fair.

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