PM Modi's five nations tour covers five nations in 140 hours
Prime Minister Narendra Modi kickstarted his five-nation visit to Afghanistan, Qatar, Switzerland, the US and Mexico on Saturday. The total duration of his journey would be 140-hour, which would include 45-plus meetings. He would fly for nearly 44 hours, bulk of it at night, to cover nearly 33,000 kilometers.
Observing his recent vists it has been found that he does not stay during night-time in a foreign land if no engagement is scheduled in that country the next day and rather uses the night for air travel to the next destination for achieving shorter trips.
Prime Minister would be travelling back home from Mexico, a nearly 21-hour journey, mostly through the night with just a two-hour technical stopover in Frankfurt. He will arrive in Delhi at 5 AM on June 10, and attend to a working day. Let's see Modi's five-nation visit at a glance :
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani jointly inaugurated the $290-millio Afghan-India Friendship Dam (Salma Dam) in Herat province in Western Afghanistan. It is a multipurpose project built to generate 42 MW of power, irrigate 75000 hectares of land, water supply and other benefits to the people of Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was conferred with Amir Amanullah Khan Award, Afghanistan’s highest civilian honour. It should be noted that Amir Amanullah Khan Award is the highest Civilian honour bestowed by Afghan government to Afghan national as well as foreigners in appreciation of their services.
India and Qatar signed seven bilateral agreements in various fields to boost bilateral ties. These agreements were signed in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Qatar Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha. Signed agreements are :
MoU between National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), Ministry of Finance, Government of India and Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) for facilitating participation of Qatari institutional investors in Infrastructure projects in India under NIIF.
Agreement on Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters between the Government of Republic of India and Government of the State of Qatar on matters pertaining to customs administration through exchange of information and intelligence between the two countries.
MoU between Financial Intelligence Unit – India (FIU-IND) and the Qatar Financial Information Unit (QFIU) concerning cooperation in the exchange of intelligence related to money laundering, terrorism-financing and related crimes.
MoU between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, the Government of Republic of India and the National Qualifications Authority/Supreme Education Council, Government of the State of Qatar for Cooperation in Skill Development and Recognition of Qualifications.
MoU on cooperation in Tourism between the Government of the Republic of India and Government of the State of Qatar for the development of tourism, through marketing and promotion as also to support cooperation between private sector stakeholders.
MOU between India and Qatar for Cooperation in the field of Health the Government of the Republic of India and Government of the State of Qatar
MoU in the field of Youth and Sports between the Government of Republic of India and Government of the State of Qatar for the cooperation in sports activities, exchange visits of leaders and officials and training camps for sports teams etc. between the two countries.
Switzerland backed India’s application for membership of the nuclear suppliers group (NSG) that effectively oversees all trade of nuclear materials and parts, and transfer of technology, for civilian use of nuclear energy. The support of Switzerland, itself a member of the NSG, is important to India’s nuclear journey.
Switzerland also agreed to the “expeditious” and “automatic” exchange of information of money held illegally in Swiss banks through tax fraud and tax evasion by Indian nationals. It will come into force in 2018.
Narendra Modi has reached the US for a three-day tour, during which he will meet US President Barack Obama at the White House. This visit will be more of a “State-to-State conversation”.
This is Modi's fourth visit to the US since he took over as PM in 2014. His first visit had come months after he had assumed office, for a UN session. The second visit had been a state visit that included a meeting with Obama at the White House. The third visit had come in April, when he attended the Nuclear Security Summit.
He marked his visit to US by visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. He also paid homage to Indian-American astronaut late Kalpana Chawla.
Later Modi will have a bilateral meeting with Obama, which will be followed by a lunch at the White House. This will be the sixth meeting between the two leaders.
After this Prime Minister will attend a meeting of US business leaders and address the US-India Business Council.
Modi attended a meeting of heads of US think tanks and a function at which some rare Indian artefacts were repatriated. Items that were returned included religious statues, bronzes and terra cotta pieces, some dating back 2,000 years, looted from some of India's most treasured religious sites.
Later Modi will address a joint session of the US Congress, with this Modi is also set to become the fifth Indian PM to address a joint session of the US Congress. Rajiv Gandhi was the first, in 1985 that Narasimha Rao (1994), Atal Bihari Vajpayee (2000) and Manmohan Singh (2005).
The Mexican leg of the trip would be the shortest at just about four hours with a private meeting and a working dinner with the Mexican President on June 8 before PM Modi takes the long flight back home.