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Modi expresses concern for state of affairs of Europe before tour

Prime Minister Modi employs rare diplomatic tactics by pressuring the hosts before visiting them, which his predecessors avoided

In a rare diplomatic move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has highlighted some ills that plague Europe before leaving on a tour of three European countries on 2 May. The prime minister is going to visit Germany, Denmark and France during the tour.

This is a tactic that the US often employs with countries that are its partners but not allies, but it’s rare in Indian diplomacy. By saying that his Europe tour is happening at a time when the continent is facing many challenges, Prime Minister Modi has employed a tactic observed often in pugilists before a boxing bout where each one talks of the weakness of the other in a bid to make him nervous.

“I intend to strengthen the spirit of cooperation with our European partners, who are important partners in India’s peace and prosperity,” the prime minister, however, said, balancing his critique of Europe.

Prime Minister Modi is leaving for the first foreign visit of the year 2022 at a time when Russia has attacked Ukraine, stirring the entire West and showing Nato members of Europe as mindless puppets that dance to the tune of the US.

On 2 May, Prime Minister Modi will attend the India- IGC meeting in Berlin and meet German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, which will be the first meeting of the two leaders, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said.

In Germany, the Indian prime minister and the German chancellor will also meet the CEOs of major companies doing business in the two countries. Modi will then address the overseas Indians in Germany. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will attend the India- Inter-Governmental Consultation too.

On 3 May, Prime Minister Modi will visit Copenhagen. This will be the prime minister’s first visit to Denmark. He will hold bilateral talks with his counterpart in Denmark, Mette Fredriksen. The Indian prime minister will attend the second India-Nordic summit there as well.

In Denmark, Prime Minister Modi will interact with the prime ministers of other Nordic countries including Iceland’s Katrin Jacobsdottir, Norway’s Jonas Gahr Store, Sweden’s Magdalena Andersen and Finland’s Sanna Marin.

During his 24-hour visit to Denmark, Prime Minister Modi will participate in the India-Denmark Business Roundtable as well as hold meetings with the Indian community in Denmark.

On 4 May, Prime Minister Modi will reach Paris, France, before returning home later the same day. The prime minister will hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in the French capital.

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