PM Modi visited 58 international locations since 2015; expenditure of Rs 517 cr incurred

New Delhi, September 22

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited 58 international locations since 2015 and a complete expenditure of Rs 517 crore was incurred on them, the federal government mentioned on Tuesday.

Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan supplied particulars of the prime minister’s visits overseas since 2015, together with their final result, in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

“The total expenditure on these visits was Rs 517.82 crore,” he mentioned.

According to the main points supplied by Muraleedharan, the prime minister made 5 visits every to the US, Russia and China, and a number of journeys to another international locations like Singapore, Germany, France, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates.

Some of the visits the prime minister undertook have been multi-nation journeys whereas some have been standalone bilateral visits.

Modi’s final journey was to Brazil on November 13-14 in 2019 the place he attended a summit of influential grouping BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa).

Muraleedharan mentioned Modi’s visits to the international locations have enhanced their understanding of India’s views on bilateral, regional and international points.

He mentioned the visits helped in strengthening India’s relations with the international locations in a variety of sectors together with commerce and funding, expertise, defence collaboration and people-to-people contact.

“These, in turn, have contributed to India’s national development agenda to promote economic growth and well-being of our people,” the minister mentioned.

“India is now increasingly contributing to shaping the global agenda at the multilateral level including on climate change, trans-national crime and terrorism, cyber security and nuclear non-proliferation, and offering to the world its own unique initiatives for global issues like the International Solar Alliance,” he added.

To a separate query on Nepal, Muraleedharan mentioned India’s  age-old ties with the neighbouring nation are “unique and special”, primarily based on shared historical past, geography, tradition, shut folks–to–folks ties, mutual safety and shut financial linkages.

Asked whether or not the federal government is conscious that Nepal has signed a variety of transit and transportation treaties with China prior to now few years to shrug off its dependence on India, he mentioned New Delhi’s ties with Kathmandu stand on their very own advantage.

“Two–thirds of Nepal’s global trade is with India and over 90 per cent of Nepal’s third country import-export transit is through India. India’s ties with Nepal stand on their own merit, and are independent of Nepal’s relations with third countries,” he mentioned.

India’s ties with Nepal got here underneath pressure after the Himalayan nation got here up with a brand new political map in May exhibiting Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura in Uttarakhand as its territories.

India maintains that these areas alongside the border with Nepal in Uttarakhand belong to it. — PTI

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