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PM to visit Germany, Denmark, France next week

In Berlin, the PM will hold bilateral talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the two leaders will co-chair the sixth edition of the India-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC).

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay an official visit to Germany, Denmark and France from 2-4 May, an official announcement said today. This will be his first visit abroad in 2022.

In Berlin, the PM will hold bilateral talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the two leaders will co-chair the sixth edition of the India-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC).

The biennial IGC is a unique dialogue format that also sees participation of several ministers from both sides. This will be the PM’s first IGC with Chancellor Scholz, and also the first such government-to-government consultations of the new German government, which assumed office in December 2021. During his visit, the PM and Chancellor Scholz would also jointly address a business event. Modi will also address and interact with the Indian community in Germany.

In 2021, India and Germany commemorated 70 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations and have been strategic partners since 2000. This visit will be an opportunity to enhance and intensify cooperation in a broad range of areas and for the two governments to exchange views on regional and global matters of mutual interest, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.

The PM will thereafter travel to Copenhagen on an official visit at the invitation of Prime Minister of Denmark Ms. Mette Frederiksen. He will also participate in the 2nd India-Nordic Summit being hosted by Denmark.

The bilateral component of the visit will include talks with PM Frederiksen as well as an audience with Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II. The Green Strategic Partnership was the first of its kind arrangement between India and Denmark. The visit would provide both sides an opportunity to review its progress, as well as examine ways to further expand their multifaceted cooperation. During the visit, Modi will also attend an India-Denmark Business Forum and also address members of the Indian diaspora.

During the India-Nordic Summit, the PM will also interact with other Nordic leaders – Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir of Iceland, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre of Norway, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson of Sweden and Prime Minister Sanna Marin of Finland. The summit will focus on subjects like post-pandemic economic recovery, climate change, innovation and technology, renewable energy, the evolving global security scenario and India-Nordic cooperation in the Arctic region. The 1st India-Nordic Summit took place in 2018 in Stockholm.

On his return journey on 4 May, the PM will briefly stopover in Paris and meet French President Emmanuel Macron. India and France are celebrating 75 years of their diplomatic relations this year and the meeting between the two leaders will set a more ambitious agenda of the strategic partnership.