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Prime Minister Modi Arrives In Austria, First Indian PM To Visit Land-Locked European Country In Over 40 Years: What's On Agenda

Kuldeep Negi

Jul 10, 2024, 09:35 AM | Updated 09:35 AM IST

PM Modi with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer
PM Modi with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Vienna on Tuesday (9 July) after visiting Moscow, marking the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Austria in over 40 years.

During his two-day visit to the land-locked central European country, PM Modi will engage in discussions to deepen bilateral relations and address geopolitical challenges.

PM Modi is set to meet President Alexander Van der Bellen and hold talks with Chancellor Karl Nehammer on Wednesday (10 July).

The Prime Minister and Chancellor will also address business leaders from India and Austria to explore economic opportunities.

Ahead of his visit, Modi highlighted the shared values of democracy, freedom, and the rule of law that underpin the relationship between India and Austria.

Modi's remark came a day after Austrian Chancellor Nehammer posted on 'X', "I very much look forward to welcoming Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, the world's largest democracy, next week in Vienna."

"This visit is a special honour as it marks the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister in over 40 years and a significant milestone as we celebrate 75 years of diplomatic relations with India," he said.

"We will have the opportunity to talk about further deepening our bilateral relationship and closer cooperation on the many geopolitical challenges," the Austrian chancellor said.

Responding to Nehammer, PM Modi said, "Thank you, Chancellor Karl Nehammer. It is indeed an honour to visit Austria to mark this historic occasion. I look forward to our discussions on strengthening the bonds between our nations and exploring new avenues of cooperation."

"The shared values of democracy, freedom and rule of law form the bedrock upon which we will build an ever closer partnership," he added.

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Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.

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