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PM Modi’s travel planner booked with 7 foreign tours from May to July

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have a packed schedule of foreign visits from next month till July, starting with a trip of Sri Lanka.
By Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2017 03:27 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have a packed schedule of foreign visits from next month till July, starting with a trip of Sri Lanka.

Besides Sri Lanka, he is expected to travel to Israel, Russia, Germany, Spain and Kazakhstan. PM modi may also visit the United States, but this has not been finalised.

Officials say Modi will visit Sri Lanka in the second week of May, mainly to participate in the celebrations marking the UN ‘Vesak Day’, the most important in the Buddhist calendar. “The Indian Prime Minister has confirmed his visit,” Sri Lanka’s Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe told reporters in Colombo on Wednesday.

During the trip, his second to Sri Lanka since becoming Prime Minister, Modi is also likely to visit Jaffna and Kandy, officials said. Modi had visited the country earlier in 2015.

The ‘International Day of Vesak’ celebrations, to be held in Colombo from May 12 to 14, will include an International Buddhist Conference in which over 400 delegates from more than 100 countries are expected to participate. Vesak, the most important day in the Buddhist calendar, commemorates Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and passing away.

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After Sri Lanka, the Prime Minister will be travelling to St Petersburg in Russia to attend the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) to be held from June 1-3.

Along with that, he is expected to travel to Germany and Spain on bilateral visits, the officials said.

Afterwards, Modi will be visiting Kazakhstan to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meet to be held in Astana on June 7-8.

Significantly, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is also expected to attend the Summit of the SCO, a grouping which includes Russia, China, Kazakshstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Thereafter, the Prime Minister is slated to travel to Hamburg in Germany to attend the G-20 Summit scheduled to take place on July 7-8, the officials said. He will also be travelling to Israel in July, for which dates are being finalised, sources said.

Modi’s foreign trips have been criticised in the past by opposition parties who accused the BJP leader of neglecting domestic issues. His trip comes weeks after leading his BJP to a massive victory in Uttar Pradesh.

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