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Jet-setting Modi: 26 nations in 12 months

Last updated on: December 31, 2015 20:32 IST
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In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited 26 countries. Here's a list of all the foreign visits taken up by the PM this year and their outcomes.


Modi's visit to Seychelles was part of his 'Indian Ocean outreach' programme. Modi, the first Indian PM to visit Seychelles in 34 years, launched a coastal surveillance radar project to boost security cooperation with the island nation and also announced that India provide free of cost visas for three months to citizens of Seychelles and making it available to them on arrival. He held one-to-one and delegation-level talks with Seychelles President James Alix Michel.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Ganga Talao, a place sacred for Hindus in Mauritius. In the second leg of his 'Indian Ocean outreach' programme, Modi visited Mauritius where he was chief guest at the Mauritian National Day. The two countries also signed five agreements, including one on developing ocean economy. Photograph: Press Information Bureau

Sri Lanka

Modi's trip to Sri Lanka was the first standalone prime ministerial visit to the island nation since the 1987 Rajiv Gandhi visit. He held summit talks with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, left, and also visited Tamil-dominated Jaffna. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters


Prime Minister Modi visited Singapore twice this year, first in March to attend the state-funeral of Lee Kuan Yew, the first PM of Singapore, and then in November, he was invited by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, right, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of India and Singapore’s bilateral ties. Photograph: Wallace Woon/ Reuters


Modi also visited France twice in 2015: First in April, when he held talks with President Francois Hollande and met business leaders. An agreement was signed under which India will buy 36 Rafale fighter jets in flyaway condition from France and a decision was made to move ahead with the stalled Jaitapur nuclear project in Maharashtra. Modi again visited the country in December to attend COP21 Climate Summit. Photograph: MEAphotogallery/Flickr


Prime Minister Narendra Modi with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Hannover Congress Centre for the Inaugural Ceremony of the Hannvoer Messe.  In Germany, Modi held talks with Merkel and announced that a mechanism will be established to facilitate investment and business from Germany as the two countries agreed to broaden bilateral economic cooperation. Photograph: MEAphotogallery/Flickr


Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Canada’s then Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Gurdwara Khalsa Diwan in Vancouver, British Columbia. Besides meeting business leaders, Modi held talks with Harper in Ottawa after which Canada agreed to supply 3,000 metric tonnes of uranium to India from this year under a five-year deal to power Indian atomic reactors. Photograph: Andy Clark/ Reuters


Prime Minister Narendra Modi at TerracottaWarriorsMuseum in Xi’an, the hometown of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Modi also held talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang and pushed for clarifying the Line of Actual Control. Photograph: MEAphotogallery/Flickr


Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifts Bodhi tree Sapling to Hamba Lama at Gandan Monestry in Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar. It was the first ever visit by an Indian premier to the country. During the visit, Modi announced a $1 billion (Rs 6,500 crore) credit line to Mongolia for infrastructure development as the two countries upgraded their ties to ‘strategic partnership’ and agreed to deepen defence cooperation besides exploring potential for tie ups in areas such as the civil nuclear sector. Photograph: MEAphotogallery/Flickr

South Korea

In South Korea, Modi and President Park Geun-hye held discussions and resolved to add ‘new substance, speed and content’ covering defence, trade and investment, and regional cooperation to take the bilateral ties to a qualitatively higher level. South Korea decided to provide $10 billion (Rs 65,000 crore) to India for infrastructure, development of smart cities, railways, power generation and other diversified areas as the two countries agreed to upgrade their bilateral relationship to a ‘Special Strategic Partnership’. Photograph: MEAphotogallery/Flickr


Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during the flagging off of India-Bangladesh Bus Services. Two bus services connecting key cities in the two countries were flagged off by Modi. However, he also drew flak during this visit for his remark praising Hasina for her resolve against terror ‘despite being a woman’. Photograph: MEAphotogallery/Flickr


Terrorism and Afghanistan were the focus points of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s talks with Uzbek President Islam Karimov on his first visit to Central Asia. The two countries inked three pacts to boost cooperation between their foreign offices and in the field of culture and tourism. Photograph: MEAphotogallery/Flickr


Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the artists who performed during the official lunch hosted by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, at Akorda President’s Palace, in Astana, Kazakhstan. Photograph: MEAphotogallery/Flickr


Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Russia twice this year. First to attend the BRICS summit in July and then paid a state visit in December, during which, he held annual summit talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin and underlined the need for the world to unite against terrorism ‘without distinction and discrimation between terrorist groups and target countries’. Photograph: MEAphotogallery/Flickr


In Turkmenistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a traditional medicine and yoga centre and evinced India’s interest in long-term investment in the energy sector in the country. The two countries inked seven pacts and vowed to jointly combat terrorism in the region. Photograph: MEAphotogallery/Flickr


During Modi’s visit to Kyrgyzstan, the two countries signed four agreements, including one to boost defence cooperation and hold annual joint military exercises. India and Kyrgyzstan agreed to expeditiously consider signing an agreement on ‘combating international terrorism and other crimes’. Photograph: MEAphotogallery/Flickr


PM Narendra Modi and President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon after unveiling a bust of Rabindranath Tagore. India and Tajikistan, both located in the proximity of the ‘main source of terror’, pledged to further deepen their cooperation to fight the menace and agreed to step up defence ties besides boosting trade and investment. Photograph: MEAphotogallery/Flickr

United Arab Emirates

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE. During his visit, the two sides decided to elevate India-UAE relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership and chart out a new course for cooperation in key areas like trade and investment, defence, security, maritime security and intelligence sharing. Photograph: MEAphotogallery/Flickr


Prime Minister of Ireland Enda Kenny presents a hurly (stick) and a ball (sliotar), equipment used in the Hurling game, to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Government Buildings in Dublin. Modi presented his Irish counterpart reproductions of a selection of historic manuscripts and papers pertaining to two Raj-era Irish officials, Thomas Oldham and George Abraham Grierson, in recognition of their contributions in India. Photograph: @PIBIndia/Twitter

United States

Modi flew to New York in September where he addressed a United Nations Sustainable Development Summit and participated in a summit on peacekeeping hosted by US President Barack Obama. The prime minister also met several world leaders and had interactions with leading investors and financial sector firms. He also traveled to West Coast where he visited Facebook Headquarters for a Townhall Q&A with its CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He also visited Google campus and Tesla Motors. Photograph: MEAphotogallery/Flickr

United Kingdom

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with British PM David Cameron and London mayor Boris Johnson in front of TowerBridge in London.  Besides visiting the BuckinghamPalace for a lunch with the Queen, Modi also addressed some 60,000 members of the Indian community at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: MEAphotogallery/Flickr


Modi visited Turkey to attend G20 Leaders Summit in Antalya and held bilateral talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A personalised postage stamp featuring Modi was issued by Turkey during his visit. Photograph: MEAphotogallery/Flickr


In Malaysia, which he visited to attend the East Asia Summit and the related ASEAN-India summit, Modi held talks on terrorism and trade. Photograph: @PIBIndia/Twitter


Prime Minister Narendra Modi with former Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul. Modi addressed the Afghan Parliament and also inaugurated its swanky new building that was built by India at a cost of $90 million (About Rs 600 crore) in the presence of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. He also opened an ‘Atal block’ in the Parliament premises named after former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. Photograph: MEAphotogallery/Flickr


An unscheduled stopover at Lahore by the PM on his way back from Kabul surprised everyone. Modi tweeted that he will briefly stop at Lahore to wish Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif on his birthday on December 25. Photograph: MEAphotogallery/Flickr

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