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Modi Arrives In Brussels; To Attend India-EU Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday arrived here at the Belgian capital for a day-long visit to attend the India-EU summit. In Brussels, the Prime Minister would also be meeting with the Members of European Parliament (MEPs), Indologists, Belgian CEOs as well as a wide cross section of the Indian diaspora in Belgium and he would also interact with the Board Members of the Association of Diamond Traders in Belgium.

Besides the agenda of the India-EU summit, the menace of terrorism and global efforts to tackle it are expected to figure in the bilateral summit meeting the PM will hold with Belgian PM Charles Michel. He will also address a community programme and interact with the Indian community. After Belgium, Prime Minister will be in Washington DC on 31st March to participate in the fourth Nuclear Security Summit, where several nations and global organisations would be represented.

"The Summit would deliberate on the crucial issue of threat to nuclear security caused by nuclear terrorism. Leaders would discuss ways and measure through which to strengthen the global nuclear security architecture, especially to ensure that non-state actors do not get access to nuclear material. On the sidelines of the Summit, I would meet with several world leaders to carry forward the agenda of bilateral cooperation with those nations," the Prime Minister said earlier.

On April 2 and 3, he will be visiting Saudi the invitation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. "India's ties with Saudi Arabia are special. Robust people-to-people ties constitute a key component of our engagement. I plan to work with the Saudi leadership to expand and deepen our bilateral relations. Discussions on the regional situation would also be on the agenda," the Prime Minister said.

Stating that India's economic ties are also expanding, he added that Saudi Arabia is India's fourth largest trading partner, and is also India's largest crude oil supplier. "In addition to meeting with H.M. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, I also look forward to my discussions with other important members of the Royal family. We want the prominent Saudi businesses to partner with India's development priorities. That would be one of the key objectives of the business event planned in Riyadh," the statement added. Prime Minister Modi will also visit the Masmak Fortress, 'L&T Workers' Residential Complex and TCS All Women IT & ITES Center in Riyadh.

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