PM Narendra Modi embarks on a six-day trip to Ireland, US

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday left for his six-day visit to Ireland and the US. PM Modi will be visiting Ireland and the US from September 23-29.

"Working westward. PM @narendramodi departs on a 2 nation, 3 city visit to Ireland & the US, will address the @UN," tweeted external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

While the Ireland visit is significant in the sense that almost after 60 years that an Indian Prime Minister, after former PM Jawaharlal Nehru who visited Dublin in 1956, is visiting the country. PM Modi will spend Wednesday in Ireland where he will hold discussions with Prime Minister Enda Kenny and will also interact with members of the Indian community. He will depart for New York the same evening for the US leg of his tour.

Mr. Modi’s visit to Ireland, however, is an acknowledgement of the recovery of the Irish economy from the devastating economic crisis that it survived just three years ago. Ireland has a significant number of Indian health professionals many of whom represent pharma majors like Reliance GeneMedix and Ranbaxy Ltd.

The External Affairs Ministry said in a statement that the present visit would provide an excellent opportunity to bolster economic relations between the two countries “as there are clear complementarities between our flagship programmes, in particular Skill India and Digital India programmes and Ireland’s proven educational institutions.”

In New York, Modi will address a UN Sustainable Development Summit and participate in a Summit on peacekeeping being hosted by US President Barack Obama. The Prime Minister will also be meeting several world leaders and will be interacting with leading investors and financial sector firms. There will be a working dinner where major Fortune-500 companies will be present to deliberate on investment opportunities in India. 

He will also travel to West Coast where he will visit Facebook Headquarters for a Townhall Q&A with its CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He will also visit Google campus and Tesla Motors. 

In San Jose, PM Modi will interact with the Indian community on September 27. 

"This visit seeks to build on the substantial ground covered during my last visit to USA and President Obama's visit to India early this year," he had said. 

"I am sure my US visit will be fruitful and further deepen the bond between the world's oldest and largest democracies," he said. 

Ahead of the visit, Modi said he was going to the USA at a “historic moment” when the UN is celebrating its 70th anniversary.

“India attaches great importance to the United Nations. In July, I had written a letter to heads of governments of 193 nations outlining India’s vision for UN agenda and reforms. I am glad that leaders of several nations wrote back appreciating our vision,” he had said.

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