Home Minister Rajnath Singh will travel to Hungary, which is among the 68 countries not visited by any minister in the Modi government, and will be covered as part of the massive outreach programme to be undertaken by it by the end of the year. Apart from Singh, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will be will visit Estonia and Latvia and Parliamentary Minister Ananth Kumar will be heading to Tongo, while BJP ally Lok Janshakti Party leader and Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has been assigned to travel to Mauritius.
Noting that by 2016-end, the government will not leave any country where Indian Ministers have not gone, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, in letters to the ministers, said her Ministry has identified 68 nations yet to be visited by them. She has also conveyed that all the interactions in the visiting countries will be arranged by the respective ambassadors and, in case a minister was interested in visiting certain places in those countries, their itinerary will be made accordingly.
The aim of the visits, which is part of government’s massive outreach programme, is to enhance bilateral ties and explore areas of cooperation, official sources said.