As part of a three-nations tour from March 30, 2016, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Brussels to attend the 13th India-EU summit.
Minister Narendra Modi will visit Brussels on March 30, 2016, to attend the 13th India-EU summit, which last took place in 2012.
The terrorist attacks in Belgium, which occurred on March 22, killing around 26 people and injuring over 55, did not stop him from attending the long-pending India-EU summit.
“We condemned the attack with strongest possible terms. We stand in solidarity with people and government of Belgium. We offer our condolences to families of the victims. Terrorism is a global scourge and the attack in Belgium underscores once again the need to counter it unitedly,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
Modi’s visit to Brussels will be followed by a trip to Washington in the US to attend the fourth Nuclear Security Summit on March 31 and April 1, and then to Saudi Arabia, who is India’s key partner in the Gulf region.
The India-EU Summit is conducted to strengthen the India-Europe partnership and collaboration in priority areas for India’s growth and development. India and Europe are also strategic partners since 2004 and both the regions are longing to finalise a free trade agreement which was launched in June 2007.
Europe has been India’s largest trade partner and Belgium is the country’s second largest trade partner within Europe. The bilateral meeting between the Prime Ministers of India and Belgium, will focus on further enhancing the economic partnership.