Narendra Modi has ‘full’ diplomatic calender ahead: Bhutan, Japan, US

New Delhi, Jun 6: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a busy foreign policy calendar with several foreign visits lined up over the next few months, beginning with Bhutan this month and to Japan in July. However, the neighbourhood would remain a foreign policy priority of the new government. External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin, outlining the foreign visits of the prime minister, who was sworn in on May 26, said that many foreign leaders have extended invites to the prime minister to visit their country.

“The foreign policy inbox of the prime minister is full,” said the spokesperson. Without mentioning the dates, the spokesperson said that the prime minister would be visiting neighbouring Bhutan later this month. “India and Bhutan have regular exchanges at the highest level. Dates for the visit are still being explored,” he said. The prime minister would also be visiting Japan in July, accepting an invite from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Besides this, the prime minister would also be visiting the US in September where he would be attending the UN General Assembly and also hold a summit meeting with President Barack Obama. In July, the prime minister would also be visiting Brazil to attend the BRICS – the five-country grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – Summit. He also said that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj would be undertaking a bilateral visit after the Bhutan visit. Though the spokesperson declined to reveal the country, she is expected to make Dhaka the stop of her solo bilateral visit on June 26.

“The neighbourhood remains India’s priority (with the new government),” said the spokesperson.’ Ahead of the prime minister’s visit to Bhutan, he is expected to meet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi who is arriving on Sunday. Wang is visiting India as special envoy of President Xi Jinping on June 8 and 9. The bilateral discussions with the Chinese leader are expected to be concluded on Sunday as on Monday President Pranab Mukherjee would be delivering his address to the 16th Lok Sabha. The Indian leadership is also likely to again interact with Pakistan in New York on the sidelines of the UNGA summit.

Besides this, the prime minister is also expected to attend the East Asia Summit and the ASEAN India summit in November in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. The G-20 summit is lined up in Brisbane, Australia, on Nov 15-16, which he is expected to attend. There is also the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Kathmandu in November. India has more than 20 strategic partners and is part of five multilateral and plurilateral organizations, he added. Sushma Swaraj is also likely to travel to the US to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry ahead of the September summit meeting for Indo-US strategic dialogue, said the spokesperson.

  • Aarti Khana

    When Indian youth shows his/her concern, support, attachment and love to Mr Rahul Gandhi, who is the only hope in Congress now, your support automatically goes to everyone, just as when you water the root of a tree all of its leaves and branches are nourished.

    • David DB

      you’re crazy.

  • Aarti Khana

    A political movement that suddenly transforms itself into a political party for power, faces similar fate and loss of direction……we saw after freedom movement the congress abruptly, despite Gandhiji’s advice to disband the congress, took on a new role of governing India.

  • Aarti Khana

    As the ruling party BJP should clear stands on Pune violence…see what the hindu extremist have done to Pune…….later in 1977 we saw the Janata party, a conglomerate of anti emergency fighters and freedom crusaders, born out of a mass movement….how it transformed as a ruling party…..and what happened in subsequent years.

  • Aarti Khana

    In the past 2000 years, India and China were the largest economies in the world for the first 1700 years. So the rise of India and China today is not an exception, but a rule, for they ruled most of the past 2000 years of world economy, and only the past 2-3 centuries were an exception.

  • Aarti Khana

    Mass movements in other countries too that transformed into ruling parties after the revolutions…..have went through such phases…corruption taking over, loss of direction…and credibility loss.

  • Aarti Khana

    The Aryan philosophy. Almost every single non-African human on this planet can trace his roots back to India. Genetic study reveals that humans who evolved in Africa later migrated to India and from there spread to the rest of the planet.

    • David DB

      your source?

  • Aarti Khana

    BJP is breaking away as they forgot to use ‘ Sadiyon ke liye’ Ambuja cement for their everlasting strong foundation and bonding!!! Sincerely suggesting them to hire Amithab Bachchan as their brand ambassador kyounki everthing sells in the name of AB. Be it toothpaste or Gold.

  • Aarti Khana

    Sari in exchange of Sar (Tragic and shameful incident when one Indian soldier was beheaded by Pakistani thugs) Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has challenged then Indian government lead by Manmohan Singh to bring at least 10 heads (of Pakistani soldiers) What she has now to say on Chicken Biryani and Sari etc.