PM Modi arrives in Greece on first prime ministerial go to in 40 years

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being received by Greece’s Minister of Foreign Affairs George Gerapetritis upon his arrival at Athens International Airport, Greece, on August 25, 2023.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being obtained by Greece’s Minister of Overseas Affairs George Gerapetritis upon his arrival at Athens Worldwide Airport, Greece, on August 25, 2023.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Greece on Friday on a daylong go to, the primary by an Indian premier in 40 years, for talks with the European nation’s prime management to strengthen bilateral ties.

Mr. Modi arrived within the Greek capital from South Africa the place he attended the fifteenth BRICS Summit and held bilateral conferences with a number of world leaders to additional cement India’s relations with these nations.

“PM @narendramodi units foot within the historic metropolis of Athens for his first-ever go to to Greece. Warmly greeted by FM George Gerapetritis on the airport,” Ministry of Exterior Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated in a put up on X, previously generally known as Twitter.

Mr. Modi is right here on the invitation of Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Prime Minister Modi will maintain talks with Prime Minister Mitsotakis to debate methods to additional deepen the connection. He’s additionally anticipated to satisfy President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

“A packed day of engagements lie forward in Athens. He’ll lay a wreath on the Tomb of an unknown soldier. He’ll thereafter meet the President of Greece and maintain talks with the Prime Minister of Greece,” Mr. Bagchi stated within the video uploaded alongside the put up.

He may also work together with enterprise leaders from each nations, in addition to with the Indian group in Greece throughout his day-long go to.

“He may also meet enterprise leaders from each side. Earlier than departing he’ll work together with the group who’re excited to see him after the success of the Chandrayaan mission. All in all a productive day forward,” he stated.

The Indian group in Greece was excited to welcome Mr. Modi.

They chanted slogans like ‘Modi ji ki jai’ and danced to the tunes of Bollywood numbers “Chak de’ and ‘Jai Ho’.

“We anticipate that sooner or later Greece and India ties shall be robust. So we expect this from the prime minister,” a group member stated.

Mr. Modi had earlier stated: “I’ve the honour to be the primary Indian Prime Minister to go to Greece after 40 years.”

The final high-level go to to Greece befell in September 1983 when then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi travelled to the nation.

India and Greece get pleasure from civilisational ties, which have strengthened in recent times by way of cooperation in areas like maritime transport, defence, commerce and investments and people-to-people ties.

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