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Modi visits Austria after Russia, the first visit to Austria by any Indian Prime Minister in 40 years

Sarojini Bishi

New Delhi: After a two-day official visit to Russia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Austria’s capital Vienna on Wednesday. After almost 40 years, an Indian Prime Minister has visited Austria, which is considered special in many respects. Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi visited Austria for the last time in 1983.

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Austria comes at a time when both countries are celebrating their 75th anniversaries. After Modi arrived in Austria, Chancellor Karl Neumann welcomed Prime Minister Modi. PM Modi then arrived at the Hotel Ritz-Carlton in Vienna, where Austrian artistes sang ‘Bande Matram’ to welcome the Prime Minister. After this, Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to meet Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen in the afternoon. Later he will address the business leaders of India and Austria. Prime Minister Modi himself said in a statement that he will have the opportunity to meet these two great people in Austria. Austria is a reliable partner of India.

However, regarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Austria, Chancellor Karl Nehammer said, “It is a special honor as it is the first visit of any Prime Minister of India in 40 years and this visit is also a milestone on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Austria.” In response, Modi said, “I am looking forward to the discussion in the coming days to strengthen the relationship between the two countries and explore new possibilities of cooperation.” We will build our new friendship based on the values ​​of democracy, freedom and the rule of law.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Moscow on July 8 and 9. where he had a private dinner with President Vladimir Putin. The next day, the Prime Minister participated in the 22nd Annual Conference. After that, PM Modi said that the relationship between the two countries will be stronger in the coming years. India-Russia cooperation in the field of energy has also helped the world. Many bilateral agreements were signed between the two countries during this period and emphasis was placed on strengthening mutual relations.

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