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Narendra Modi Europe visit Highlights: PM Modi leaves for France after concluding Denmark trip

Modi's Europe Visit Live News, PM Narendra Modi Europe Tour Updates: On his way back to India, PM Modi will make a brief stopover in Paris to meet France's President Emmanuel Macron.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: May 4, 2022 11:12:08 pm
PM Modi and leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway & Sweden pose for a photo ahead of 2nd India-Nordic Summit in Copenhagen. (Twitter/MEAIndia)

Narendra Modi Europe visit Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday left for France after concluding his “productive” visit to Denmark during which he held a series of bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Nordic countries and attended the second India-Nordic summit. “After a productive Denmark visit, PM @narendramodi emplanes for Paris,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday attended the second India-Nordic summit in Denmark that primarily focused on post-pandemic economic recovery, climate change, renewable energy and the evolving global security scenario. The summit saw the participation of the prime ministers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The first India-Nordic summit was held in Stockholm in 2018.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday met his counterparts from Norway, Sweden and Iceland on the sidelines of the India-Nordic summit. Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre in Copenhagen, Denmark to talk about “future areas of cooperation.” A press release by the Ministry of External Affairs said that PM Modi discussed the potential for deepening engagement in areas like Blue Economy, renewable energy, infrastructure investment and others.

Sharing the highlights from his visit to Denmark on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he held “productive talks” with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. In a statement post their talks, Frederiksen said she “hoped” that “India will influence Russia” to end the war in Ukraine. Modi, meanwhile, called for an immediate ceasefire and diplomacy and dialogue.

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PM Modi Europe visit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend second India-Nordic summit, meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris; Follow latest updates here

21:46 (IST)04 May 2022
Modi arrives in Paris for talks with French President Macron

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Wednesday on the final leg of his three-nation European tour during which he would meet French President Emmanuel Macron and discuss issues of bilateral and mutual interests.

"Bonjour Paris! PM @narendramodi arrives in Paris on a visit to France," Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in a tweet. Prime Minister Modi will be among the first few world leaders to meet President Macron after his re-election last week. He had congratulated Macron after his re-election. (PTI)

21:06 (IST)04 May 2022
Watch: PM Modi arrives in Paris on final leg of his visit to Europe
20:25 (IST)04 May 2022
India-Nordic summit discuss Ukraine crisis

India and the Nordic countries on Wednesday discussed the conflict in Ukraine and its broader regional and global implications as they agreed to remain closely engaged on the issue. The issue figured prominently at the second India-Nordic summit attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterparts from Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.


A joint statement said the prime ministers expressed their serious concern about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

"They unequivocally condemned civilian deaths in Ukraine. They reiterated the need for an immediate cessation of hostilities," it said.
It said the prime ministers emphasised that the contemporary global order has been built on the UN Charter, international law and respect for sovereignty and the territorial integrity of states.

"The Nordic prime ministers reiterated their strong condemnation of the unlawful and unprovoked aggression against Ukraine by Russian forces," the statement said. It said India and the Nordic countries affirmed their support for a rules based international order and for multilateral institutions and their commitment to work towards making them more inclusive, transparent, and accountable with the aim of addressing global challenges more effectively. (PTI)

19:35 (IST)04 May 2022
Modi leaves for France after concluding his Denmark trip

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday left for France after concluding his "productive" visit to Denmark during which he held a series of bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Nordic countries and attended the second India-Nordic summit.

"After a productive Denmark visit, PM @narendramodi emplanes for Paris," the Prime Minister's Office tweeted.

"Strengthened bilateral ties with Denmark. Enhanced collaborations with the Nordic countries and the region. PM @narendramodi's visit to Copenhagen concludes. PM Modi now leaves for Paris to hold talks with the French President @EmmanuelMacron," Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted.

Modi, who arrived here on Tuesday from Berlin on the second leg of his visit to three European nations, held “productive talks” with his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen on Tuesday and also attended a business summit to discuss economic linkages. He also addressed the Indian community and interacted with Denmark's Royal Family. (PTI)

18:58 (IST)04 May 2022
List of gifts given by PM Modi to leaders of Nordic countries

1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday gifted a Dokra boat from Chattisgarh to Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark. Dokra is non–ferrous metal casting using the lost-wax casting technique.

2. PM gifted a Rogan painting from Gujarat to Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Rogan painting is art of cloth printing practiced in Kutch, Gujarat. 3.PM gifts a Silver Meenakari Bird figure from Varanasi to Crown Princess of Denmark, Mary. The art of silver enameling practiced in Benaras (Varanasi) is almost 500 years old. The art has its roots in Persian art of Meenakari.

3. PM also gifted a Brass Tree of Life from Rajasthan to the Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Marin. The Tree of Life symbolizes development and growth of life. 

4. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister of Norway, Jonas Gahr Støre was gifted a Dhaal with Koftgiri art from Rajasthan by PM Modi. Tarkashi (Koftgiri) on metal is a traditional art of Rajasthan in India as a means of decorating Arms and Armour.

5. PM gifted a wall hanging with Kutch embroidery to Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen. Kutch Embroidery is a handicraft & textile signature art tradition of tribal community of Kutch, Gujarat. 

6. PM Modi gifted a Pashmina stole in a Papier Mache box from Jammu and Kashmir to Prime Minister of Sweden, Magdalena Andersson. Kashmiri Pashmina Stoles have been treasured for their rare material, exquisite craftsmanship & reminiscent designs since time immemorial.

7. PM Modi also gifted a Silver Meenakari Bird figure from Varanasi to Crown Princess of Denmark, Mary. The art of silver enameling practiced in Benaras (Varanasi) is almost 500 years old. The art has its roots in Persian art of Meenakari. (ANI)

18:23 (IST)04 May 2022
PM Modi talked about cooperation in digital innovation, digital goods with Finnish PM: FS Kwatra

Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra on Wednesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi held dicussions with his Finnish PM about cooperation in digital innovation, digital goods and platforms. He also said that the PM's last bilateral summit meeting was with the Prime Minister of Finland was to build on existing strength that India-Finland have achieved in entire ecosystem of digital partnership.

16:44 (IST)04 May 2022
PM Modi participates in India-Nordic Summit at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Heads of Government participate in India-Nordic Summit at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark on Wednesday.

16:27 (IST)04 May 2022
Yoga is quite popular in Iceland, a lot of people practice it regularly: PM Katrín Jakobsdóttir

Iceland Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir in a statement on Wednesday said she discussed about Yoga with PM Narendra Modi. She said, 'We talked about Yoga, it's quite popular in Iceland. A lot of people practice it regularly,' Jakobsdóttir said. 

Talking about the discussions held between India and Iceland, Jakobsdóttir said, 'India and Iceland have many opportunities on issues of climate cooperation and geothermal energy along with deepening cooperation in carbon binding and fisheries sector. We talked about culture and gender equality as well.'


16:01 (IST)04 May 2022
PM Modi, Finnish premier Marin discuss ways to further cement bilateral ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met his Finnish counterpart Sanna Marin here and discussed ways to further cement bilateral ties in trade, investment, technology and other sectors. Modi, who arrived here on Tuesday from Berlin on the second leg of his visit to three European nations, met Marin on the sidelines of the second India-Nordic Summit in the Danish capital.

'Prime Ministers @narendramodi and @MarinSanna met in Copenhagen. The developmental partnership between India and Finland is rapidly growing. Both leaders discussed ways to further cement this partnership in trade, investment, technology and other such sectors,” the Prime Minister's Office tweeted.

Modi would also attend the 2nd India-Nordic Summit along with Prime Ministers of Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Sweden and Norway where they will take stock of the cooperation since the First India-Nordic Summit in 2018. (PTI)

14:45 (IST)04 May 2022
PM Modi meets Iceland's PM Katrín Jakobsdóttir

On the sidelines of the India-Nordic Summit, PM Modi met Katrín Jakobsdóttir, the Prime Minister of Iceland on Wednesday. "They discussed boosting ties in areas like trade, energy, fisheries and more," the PMO said.

14:43 (IST)04 May 2022
'Cementing ties': PM Modi holds bilateral talks with Sweden's Magdalena Andersson

In their first meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Swedish PM Magdalena Andersson held bilateral talks on the sidelines of the India-Nordic summit. 

"In today’s meeting, the two leaders reviewed the progress made in our bilateral partnership. They also expressed satisfaction at the progress made by the Lead IT initiative. This was a India-Sweden joint global initiative to set up a Leadership Group on Industry Transition (LeadIT) in September 2019 at the UN Climate Action Summit to help guide the world’s heaviest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting industries towards the low-carbon economy. Its membership has now grown to 35 with 16 countries and 19 companies," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a press release.

14:19 (IST)04 May 2022
PM Modi, Norway's Store discuss future areas of cooperation

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Modi and his Norwegian counterpart marked their first meeting since the assumption of office by PM Jonas Gahr Støre in October 2021. "Both Prime Ministers reviewed the ongoing activities in bilateral relations and discussed future areas of cooperation," the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a press release. Discussions also took place on regional and global developments. As members of UN Security Council, India and Norway have been engaging with each other in the UN on global issues of mutual interest, the release said.

"Prime Minister highlighted that Norway's skills and India's scope provided natural complementarities. Both leaders discussed the potential for deepening engagement in areas like Blue Economy, renewable energy, green hydrogen, solar and wind projects, green shipping, fisheries, water management, rainwater harvesting, space cooperation, long term Infrastructure investment, health and culture," the release added.

14:10 (IST)04 May 2022
Watch | PM Modi holds bilateral talks with Norwegian counterpart

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Norwegian counterpart Jonas Gahr Støre in Copenhagen, Denmark on Wednesday.

14:03 (IST)04 May 2022
‘Boosting friendship with Norway,’ says PMO as Modi meets Norway’s Jonas Gahr Store

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre in Copenhagen, Denmark to talk about “ways to deepen developmental cooperation.”

Sharing an image of the duo, the Prime Minister's office said, "Boosting friendship with Norway."

13:01 (IST)04 May 2022
On PM Modi's agenda: Bilateral talks with Nordic leaders, meet with Macron

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday tweeted that in the final leg of his Europe visit, he will be attending the India-Nordic summit, and hold bilateral talks with the Nordic leaders of Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. He will later hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron during a stopover in Paris. 

12:14 (IST)04 May 2022
Watch | Highlights from PM Modi's Denmark visit

Sharing the highlights from his visit to Denmark on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he held “productive talks” with Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. 

12:07 (IST)04 May 2022
In Opinion | A defining moment for Indo-German ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Berlin for the sixth Indo-German Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) is significant for its timing and substantial results. Chancellor Olaf Scholz, despite the shock of the Ukraine crisis, recently visited Japan and then hosted PM Modi. In public perception, the visit was about adjusting to the Ukraine crisis and whether Germany would try to persuade India to follow its line. The reality differed as both got down to serious business beyond Ukraine. 

Germany is a reluctant player in the anti-Russian movement. It criticises Russia for invading Ukraine, which set back Germany’s — and Europe’s — search for strategic autonomy. This broadened their outlook towards neglected partners such as India. Read Gurjit Singh's Opinion piece here

11:00 (IST)04 May 2022
In Opinion | India and France: A deepening friendship

The strategic convergence between India and France is not skin-deep. It is based on the fundamental conviction of both countries in a multipolar world and in the concept of strategic autonomy. More importantly, France has stood by India through thick and thin, beginning with 1998 when India conducted nuclear tests and the entire world was ranged against us. Since then, India and France have deepened their strategic partnership to such an extent that there is really no outstanding problem or irritant in the relationship today.

The visit by Modi to France on May 4 will not just be to congratulate Macron on his stunning re-election but also to survey the international strategic landscape and take stock of bilateral ties. The war in Ukraine will certainly figure in the discussions. France, of all countries, should be able to understand where India is coming from on this issue. Modi has met Putin umpteen number of times and Macron has spoken to Putin for several hours on the phone. Indeed, if there are two major leaders in the world today who are capable of picking up the phone and talking to Putin, it is Macron and Modi. Can they jointly explore, even tentatively, how to bring this horrific war in Europe to an end? Read Mohan Kumar's Opinion piece here

09:58 (IST)04 May 2022
PM Modi pitches for strengthening Indian-Danish business ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched for Danish businesses to take advantage of India's enormous opportunities at the India-Denmark Business Forum Tuesday. He attended the event with Denmark PM, Mette Frederiksen.

"Prime Minister emphasized the complemetary skillsets of the two economies and invited Danish companies to take advantage of India’s enormous opportunities in areas like green technologies, cold chains, waste to wealth, shipping and ports, among others. He highlighted the business friendly approach of India and exhorted business communities of both sides to explore collaboration opportunities," the PMO said in a statement.

09:44 (IST)04 May 2022
In Photos | PM Modi meets Queen of Denmark

During his visit to Denmark, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Queen Margrethe II in Copenhagen on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets members of the Indian community during an event, in Copenhagen, Denmark. (PTI Photo)

India has offered foodgrain to save world from hunger: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address on Tuesday to the Indian community at Bella Centre in Copenhagen said that India has offered foodgrains to save the world from hunger. He also highlighted that India sent medicines to several countries during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Discussing India’s contribution to the world during the pandemic, the Prime Minister said, “India has helped the world during the difficult time and sent medicines to many countries so that we do not remain behind in humanitarian work during the crisis.”

He said India has worked with an aim to help the world during the crisis. “Bharat jab foodgrains ke mamle main aatmanirbhar hua hai to duniya ko bhukhmari se bachane ke liye khule dil se offer kar raha hai. (When, India has become self-reliant in foodgrains, it has offered [foodgrains] with an open mind to save the world from hunger),” he said.

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