PM Narendra Modi’s one year foreign diplomacy record: 18 countries visited
By Vishnu Varma
PM Narendra Modi arriving at Brasilia International Airport in Brazil (PTI photo)
In the span of last one year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited 18 countries, a majority of which were official state visits and spent close to 55 days abroad. His first foreign destination was the neighbouring Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, which has remained one of India’s closest allies for decades. His last foreign visit was to South Korea. Some of his important foreign visits include the United States of America, Japan, China, Germany and Sri Lanka. Nepal remains the only country that PM Modi has visited twice.
For a more broader look into which countries he visited, who he met and what he did there, here’s an interactive timeline that serves the purpose. Take a look.
June 16-17, 2014 – Off to Bhutan – For his first foreign visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose Bhutan, India’s neighbour and closest ally for decades. During the visit, he met Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and addressed a joint session of Parliament in Thimphu.
July 13-16, 2014 – The BRICS Summit – In a major multilateral visit to Brazil, PM Modi met the heads of some of the most powerful nations — China, Brazil, Russia and South Africa and got many of his ideas mentioned in the declaration.
August 3-4, 2014 – Road to Kathmandu – Reaffirming his focus on the SAARC nations, PM Modi chose Nepal as his destination for his second state visit. In Kathmandu, he addressed the national parliament and offered prayers at the Pashupatinath temple.
August 30-September 3, 2014 – The Japanese Bond – India’s ever strong bond with Japan got a fresh boost after PM Modi visited Kyoto and Tokyo in August-September. He met with Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe and visited two ancient Buddhist temples.
September 26-30, 2014 – Indo-US relations – Almost all eyes were on US as PM Modi made his way to Washington to hold talks with President Barack Obama on a historic state visit. He also addressed the UN General Assembly.
November 11-13, 2014 – East Asia Summit – PM Modi pushed for greater connectivity among nations at the India-ASEAN Summit and also held bilateral talks with President Thein Sein at Nay Pyi Taw.
November 14-18, 2014 – Trip Down Under – Narendra Modi became the first Indian PM to travel to Australia in 28 years. He attended the G-20 Summit, held talks with PM Tony Abbott and even took a selfie with him at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground.
November 19, 2014 – The Fiji connection – PM Modi announced a Rs 75 million credit line for Fiji as he made his way to Suva. The two countries also agreed to expand their defence and security cooperation.
November 25-27, 2014 – SAARC Summit – The Prime Minister made his second visit to Kathmandu to attend the SAARC Summit and raised the issue of terrorism in the presence of his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
March 10-11, 2015 – Off to Seychelles – Aiming to give a thrust towards developing strategic assets, PM Narendra Modi visited Victoria in the tiny island country of Seychelles and inked a pact to develop the infrastructure of Assumption island.
March 11-13, 2015 – Onward to Mauritius – New Delhi firmed up plans towards building strategic assets in Agalega in Mauritius after PM Modi’s visit to the island country.
March 13-14, 2015 – The Lankan trip – The first Indian PM to visit Sri Lanka after Rajiv Gandhi in 1987, Narendra Modi met newly-elected President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo and travelled to the Tamil-majority Jaffna province.
March 29, 2015 – Goodbye Lee Kuan Yew – PM Modi joined other world leaders to bid goodbye to Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew. The Prime Minister called Lee one ‘among the tallest leaders of our times.’
April 9-12, 2015 – To Paris – France became the first leg of an extensive three-nation tour kickstarted by PM Modi. He signed a deal with France for supply of 36 Rafale jets in fly-away condition along with a railway protocol to develop a semi high-speed railway corridor.
April 12-14, 2015 – Next stop: Germany – Continuing his three-nation tour, PM Modi arrived in Berlin and held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He also inaugurated the India pavilion at the world-famous Hannover technological fair.
April 14-16, 2015 – The Canada Connection – Canada, which hosts a large Indian diaspora, was the third and final leg of PM Modi’s foreign tour. Canada signed a landmark agreement of long-term supply of Uranium to India.
May 14-16, 2015 – To China – PM Modi started his visit to China in Xi’an, the hometown of President Xi Jinping. The Prime Minister also visited Beijing and Shanghai and held extensive meetings with the top Chinese leadership and several business leaders.
May 16-17, 2015 – State visit to Mongolia – PM Modi announced a massive $1 billion credit line to Mongolia during his state visit there and asserted that Mongolia is an integral part of India’s Act East Policy.
May 18-19, 2015 – Off to South Korea – In the backdrop of PM Modi’s visit in Seoul, India and South Korea inked seven agreements, including on avoidance of double taxation and formalising consultations between National Security Councils of the two nations.
Source:: Indian Express