PM Modi leaves for a five-nation whirlwind tour


Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leaving on a whirlwind tour of five countries on Saturday with his first stopover being in Afghanistan, where he will inaugurate the Afghan-India Friendship Dam, earlier known as Salma Dam, in Herat province, along with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

He is scheduled to visit Qatar, Switzerland, the US and Mexico during his latest foreign trips.

Modi said, “Looking forward to my visit to Afghanistan tomorrow. I will join President Ashraf Ghani to inaugurate Afghanistan- India Friendship Dam in Herat. It is symbol of our friendship and would usher in hope, light up homes, nourish the fertile fields of Herat and bring prosperity to the people of the region.”

From Afghanistan, Modi will travel to energy-rich Qatar and from there he will leave for a two day visit to Switzerland on Sunday.

About the Qatar visit, Modi said, “This visit will nourish the historical bonds of friendship deeply rooted in people to people contacts, energy, trade and investment partnership.”

“I will interact with the Indian workers at the Workers’ Camp and some of the members of over 6 lakh Indians who have nurtured our relations through their sweat and toil.”

In Qatar, the Prime Minister will hold talks with his counterpart Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani and Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on a host of issues which may include trade and security.

While in the US, Modi will be addressing a joint session of the US Congress on June 8.