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Flashback 2017: PM Modi's foreign visits

By Chennabasaveshwar
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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited 13 countries in 2017, six less compared to 2016. Out of 13 visits, eight were state visits. The visit to island nation Sri Lanka was the first foreign visit of the year. He was in Sri Lanka to participate in the celebrations marking the UN Vesak Day, the most important in the Buddhist calendar, which commemorates Lord Buddha's birth, enlightenment and passing away.

    Later, PM visited Germany twice in May and July for the state visit and G-20 Summit respectively. His visit to Isreal was historic he is the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel in the last 70 years. Seven agreements were signed between the two countries. State visit to Myanmar was diplomatic challenges as the world was watching India's stand on Rohingya Muslims crisis. India did not raise Rohingya issue during the visit due to security and geopolitical interests with Myanmar.

    US President Donald Trump declared that ties between Washington and New Delhi had "never been stronger" after holding his first meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM Modi presented Trump a folio containing an original commemorative postage stamp that had been issued by India in 1965 to commemorate the death centenary of Abraham Lincoln.

    In France, PM Modi said India would uphold its commitment to the Paris climate agreement during his meeting with President Macron. After Washington's withdrawal, India's support was crucial for the deal.

    SCO Summit in Kazakhstan, 9th BRICS summit in China 12th East Asia Summit in the Philippines were major multilateral summits attended by PM Modi in 2017.

    PM Modi in Sri Lanka

    PM Modi in Sri Lanka

    Country: Sri Lanka
    Areas visited: Colombo, Kandy
    Purpose: International Day of Vesak
    Dates: 11-12 May

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe visiting Seema Malaka Temple, in Colombo on Thursday. PTI Photo/PIB

    PM Modi in Germany

    PM Modi in Germany

    Country: Germany

    Areas visited: Meseberg, Berlin

    Purpose: State visit

    Dates: 29-30 May

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, talks to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a balcony, during a meeting at the government guest house Meseberg Palace in Meseberg, about 70 kilometers (43 miles) north on Berlin, Monday, May 29, 2017. AP/PTI

    PM Modi in Spain

    PM Modi in Spain

    Country: Spain
    Areas visited: Madrid
    Purpose: State visit
    Dates: 30-31 May

    Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy, left waves as he shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday May 31, 2017. Narendra Modi is on an official visit to Spain. AP/PTI Photo

    PM Modi in Russia

    PM Modi in Russia

    Country: Russia
    Areas visited: Saint Petersburg
    Purpose: 18th India-Russia Annual Summit
    Dates: 31 May-2 June

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin, at the 18th India Russia Annual Summit, at Konstantin Palace, in St. Petersburg, Russia. PTI photo

     PM Modi in France

    PM Modi in France

    Country: France
    Areas visited: Paris
    Purpose: State visit
    Dates: 2-3 June

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugs French President Emmanuel Macron, centre as they attend a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, Saturday, June 3, 2017. Macron and the prime minister of India put forth a common front on the need to fight climate change on Saturday, with the French leader saying he would travel to India before year’s end for a summit on promoting solar energy. AP/PTI Photo

    PM Modi in Kazakhstan

    PM Modi in Kazakhstan

    Country: Kazakhstan
    Areas visited: Astana
    Purpose: SCO Summit
    Dates: 8-9 June

    PM Modi poses for a photo at a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Astana, Kazakstan, Friday, June 9, 2017. AP/PTI Photo

    PM Modi in Portugal

    PM Modi in Portugal

    Country: Portugal
    Areas visited: Lisbon
    Purpose: State visit
    Dates: 25-26 June

    India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa shake hands after a joint statement at the Necessidades Palace, the Portuguese Foreign Ministry in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday, June 24, 2017. Modi wason a day visit to Portugal.AP/ PTI Photo

    PM Modi in United States

    PM Modi in United States

    Country: United States
    Areas visited: Washington
    Purpose: State visit
    Dates: 25-26 June

    President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hug while making statements in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 26, 2017.AP/PTI

     PM Modi in Netherlands

    PM Modi in Netherlands

    Country: Netherlands
    Areas visited: Amsterdam
    Purpose: State visit
    Dates: 27 June

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the Prime Minister of Netherlands, Mark Rutte at Amsterdam, Netherlands on Tuesday. PTI Photo / PIB

    PM Modi in Israel

    PM Modi in Israel

    Country: Israel
    Areas visited: Jerusalem, Haifa, Tel Aviv
    Purpose: State visit
    Dates: 4-6 July

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu at the Olga Beach in Israel on Thursday. PTI Photo/ PIB

    PM Modi in Germany

    PM Modi in Germany

    Country: Germany
    Areas visited: Hamburg
    Purpose: G-20 Summit
    Dates: 7-8 July

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the 12th G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany on Friday. PTI Photo / PIB

    PM Modi in China

    PM Modi in China

    Country: China
    Areas visited: Xiamen
    Purpose: 9th BRICS summit
    Dates: 3-5 September

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi with other BRICS leaders pose for a group photograph, at the Dialogue of Emerging Markets and Developing Countries, during the 9th BRICS Summit, in Xiamen, China on Tuesday. PTI Photo/PIB

    PM Modi in Myanmar

    PM Modi in Myanmar

    Country: Myanmar
    Areas visited: Naypyidaw
    Purpose: State visit
    Dates: 6-7 September

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets the State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi, at Presidential Palace in Naypyidaw, Myanmar on Wednesday. PTI Photo/PIB

    PM Modi in Philippines

    PM Modi in Philippines

    Country: Philippines
    Areas visited: Pasay
    Purpose: 12th East Asia Summit
    Dates: 12-14 November

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) 2017, in Manila, the Philippines on Monday. PTI Photo

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