PM Modi meets Spanish King Felipe VI at The Palace of Zarzuela

Elias Hubbard
June 2, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday backed German Chancellor Angela Merkel's "strong leadership" in uniting the European Union at a time when the economic grouping is showing signs of strain over the UK's decision to exit it and the protectionist stance adopted by US President Donald Trump.

Modi said both Germany and India were looking at outcome-oriented momentum in bilateral ties and quantum growth, especially in economic relations.

After his meeting with Ms. Merkel, Mr. Modi will meet many top CEOs and business leaders to strengthen the push for bettering economic ties.

Bosses from USA giants Chevron, Exxon and Boeing will be among 144 American firms at the event, the best attendance in years after Washington previously warned business leaders against attending due to political tensions. Worth the mention are also the transport corridor deals with Iran and Afghanistan, membership to the prestigious Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), strengthening defence ties with the U.S., decisively advocating engagement with India's East Asian neighbours and much more.

He said Spain can offer its expertise to India's development priorities like railways, smart cities and infrastructure.

Five MoUs were signed between the two countries on cooperation in organ transplantation, cyber security, renewable energy, civil aviation and one between India's Foreign Service Institute and Diplomatic Academy of Spain. Spanish government has agreed to his request.

"The government also chose to open a new consulate in Barcelona. It will help us promote ties between the nations in the modern and contemporary context as well", Bagley said.

Modi arrived in stormy weather in St. Petersburg, the former capital of imperial Russian Federation that was founded by Czar Peter the Great in 1703, and was also known as Petrograd and Leningrad.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Spain and met hundreds of people outside the hotel. "It was a very good meeting". He said that in an interconnected and interdependent world - Spain and India can work together both for mutual benefit, and for the benefit of the world at large.

Despite facing bitter criticism for his fancy overseas tours, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a decision to rise above all hostilities. "They came up for discussion on North-Korea, both leaders expressed their concerns on the developments and hoped that better sense will prevail and member of the global community will act with sense of responsibility", Bagley said.

In 2015, during his first official visit to Germany, as PM Modi went towards Merkel to shake hands, the German Chancellor nearly ignored him and went towards the background where the flags of the two nations were kept and later completed the formality of shaking hands.

The Prime Minister said both India and Spain are engaging in vigorous economic reform.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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