Flashback 2017: PM Modi's foreign visits

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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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