Modi arrives in Austria, 1st visit by Indian PM in 40 yrs
July 10, 2024  08:24
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Austria on Tuesday from Moscow on a two-day visit to Austria during which the two nations will explore ways to further deepen their bilateral relationship and closer cooperation on the many geopolitical challenges.
"Landed in Vienna. This visit to Austria is a special one. Our nations are connected by shared values and a commitment to a better planet. Looking forward to the various programmes in Austria including talks with Chancellor @karlnehammer, interactions with the Indian community and more," the prime minister posted on X, along with a series of photographs.
Modi was welcomed by Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg at the airport.
It is the first visit by an Indian prime minister to Austria in over 40 years, the last being of Indira Gandhi in 1983.
In a post on X, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said, "As the two countries are celebrating 75th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations this year, this momentous visit will add renewed momentum to India-Austria ties."
Modi will call on the President of the Republic of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen, and hold talks with Chancellor of Austria Karl Nehammer on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister and Chancellor will also address business leaders from India and Austria.
Ahead of his visit to Austria, Modi on Sunday said that the shared values of democracy, freedom and the rule of law form the bedrock upon which the two countries will build an ever-closer partnership.
Modi's remark came a day after Austrian Chancellor Nehammer posted on 'X', "I very much look forward to welcoming Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, the world's largest democracy, next week in Vienna." -- PTI
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