PM Narendra Modi leaves for 3-nation visit

| Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 16:38
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New Delhi: With focus on getting investments and technology, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday embarked on a three-nation tour of France, Germany and Canada during which talks will be held on a range of issues including civil nuclear and defence.

France will be the first destination of his nine-day tour. During his stay in Paris, Modi will hold talks with President Francois Hollande and meet business leaders. The focus of talks will be civil nuclear, defence and trade.

A highlight of the four-day stay in France will be a boat ride by Modi and Hollande, which is being described as 'naav pe charcha' (chat on boat). Earlier, Modi has had 'chai pe charcha' (chat over tea) with foreign leaders, including President Barack Obama during his visit here in January.

In France, the Prime Minister will also visit the World War-I memorial and pay tributes to about 10,000 Indians who lost their lives while fighting alongside France. He will also visit UNESCO headquarters, Airbus facility and French space agency office.

India is hoping that French companies will participate in the 'Make in India' program initiated by Modi. From France, Modi will travel to Germany where again business and technology will be the focus with intent of attracting participation in 'Make in India'.

He will first visit the Hannover Fair where India is a partner country this year. About 400 Indian companies are participating in the fair, which will see the presence of about 100-120 Indian CEOs besides about 3000 German delegates.

Modi, along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, will inaugurate the 'India Pavilion' of the Fair and address an India-German business summit. He will also unveil a bust of Mahatma Gandhi in Hannover.

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