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PM Modi's Visit To Austria: Why It Matters And What's Next?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to embark on a historic visit to Austria today, marking the first such trip by an Indian Prime Minister in over four decades. This visit holds significant diplomatic importance as it coincides with the celebration of 75 years of diplomatic relations between India and Austria. During his two-day visit […]

PM Modi's Visit To Austria: Why It Matters And What's Next?
PM Modi's Visit To Austria: Why It Matters And What's Next?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to embark on a historic visit to Austria today, marking the first such trip by an Indian Prime Minister in over four decades. This visit holds significant diplomatic importance as it coincides with the celebration of 75 years of diplomatic relations between India and Austria.

During his two-day visit on July 9 and 10, PM Modi will engage in a series of high-profile meetings and events aimed at bolstering bilateral ties. He is scheduled to meet Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer and President Alexander Van der Bellen. Discussions are expected to focus on enhancing cooperation in areas such as infrastructure, renewable energy, technology, startups, and media.

Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra highlighted the visit as an opportunity to deepen India’s partnership with Austria, addressing regional and global challenges of mutual interest. He noted Austria’s pivotal role in Central Europe and its significance as the headquarters of international organizations like the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The trip follows the launch of the India-Austria Startup Bridge earlier this year, aimed at fostering collaboration between startups from both nations. Additionally, Modi will interact with the Indian diaspora in Vienna, comprising professionals and students contributing to diverse sectors in Austria.

Cultural ties between India and Austria, dating back centuries and enriched by figures like Rabindranath Tagore, underscore the depth of their relationship. Vienna’s cultural heritage and contributions to music and architecture further enhance bilateral exchanges.

Ahead of his departure, PM Modi expressed gratitude for the warm reception and affirmed his commitment to strengthening bonds with Austria, echoing sentiments of pride and anticipation among the Indian community in Austria, eager to witness this historic visit.

The visit is poised to elevate India-Austria relations across multiple domains, reflecting shared values of democracy, freedom, and rule of law that form the foundation of their strategic partnership.

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