In his first visit abroad this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a three-day visit to Germany, Denmark and France starting May 2 amid the crisis in Ukraine and Europe’s resolute approach to addressing it.
Announcing the visit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday said the prime minister would travel to Germany, then visit Denmark and would make a brief stopover in Paris on his way home on May 4.
In Paris, PM Modi will hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, who was re -elected to the top post on Monday after he defeated rival Marine Le Pen in a fierce presidential election.
“In Berlin, the prime minister will hold bilateral talks with Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of the German Federation, and the two leaders will co-chair the sixth edition of the India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultation (IGC),” the MEA said in a statement.
It will be PM Modi’s first meeting with Chancellor Scholz who took over the top post from his predecessor Angela Merkel in December last year.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine is likely to take place in PM Modi’s talks with European leaders in all three countries.
Reflecting the EU’s tough approach in tackling Russian aggression, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said at the Raisina Dialogue on Monday that Europe would ensure that Moscow’s “unprovoked and unwarranted” aggression against Ukraine would be a “strategic failure.
India has not yet publicly condemned Russia’s attack on Ukraine and has called for a resolution of the conflict through dialogue and diplomacy.
“During his visit, the prime minister and Chancellor Scholz will also jointly speak at business events. The prime minister will address and interact with the Indian community in Germany,” the MEA said.
In 2021, India and Germany mark 70 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations and the two countries have been strategic partners since 2000.
“The visit will be an opportunity to enhance and intensify cooperation in various fields and for both governments to exchange views on regional and global matters of mutual interest,” the MEA said.
From Germany, PM Modi will travel to Copenhagen at the invitation of Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. He will also participate in the second India-Nordic summit organized by Denmark.
The MEA said the bilateral component of the visit would include discussions with Frederiksen as well as the audience with Queen Margrethe II.
“The green strategic partnership is the first of its kind between India and Denmark. The visit will provide an opportunity for both sides to review its progress, as well as explore ways to further expand our multi-faceted cooperation,” the MEA said.
“During the visit, the Prime Minister will attend the India-Denmark Business Forum and also address members of the Indian diaspora,” he said.
At the India-Nordic summit, PM Modi will also interact with other Nordic leaders including 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 MEA said the summit would focus on subjects such as post-pandemic economic recovery, climate change, innovation and technology, renewable energy, the evolving global security scenario and India-Nordic cooperation in the Arctic region.
“On his way home on May 4, the prime minister will make a brief stop in Paris and meet Emmanuel Macron, the President of France,” the MEA said.
“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 strategic partnership agenda,” he said.