Washington DC [US]June 24 (ANI): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrapped up his first state visit to the United States on Friday and departed for Egypt for a two-day visit to the Arab country.
“Concludes a very special trip to the US where I participated in many projects and interactions aimed at building the momentum of India-US friendship. Our two countries will continue to work together to make our planet a better place for future generations.” Prime Minister Rendra Modi.
During Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the US, he attended various events and met with Indian and US executives. Upon arriving at the White House, he was greeted with great pomp and honor by a guard of honor.
He received a state dinner at the White House from U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, and a state luncheon from U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris.
Prime Minister Modi interacted with the Indian diaspora at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington DC before departing for Egypt, likening the meeting to the “dessert” in his farewell address.
Upon arrival in Egypt, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have various contacts with local leaders and the Indian diaspora.
The prime minister will stop for almost half an hour at the Al-Hakim Mosque, a historic and famous mosque in Cairo named after the 16th Fatimid Caliph Hakim Biamr Allah ( Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, 985-1021). The al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah Mosque is an important cultural site in the Dawoodi Bohra neighbourhood, Cairo. During his first visit to Egypt, Prime Minister Modi will also visit the Heliopolis war cemetery to pay tribute to Indian soldiers who made great sacrifices in battle for Egypt during WWI.
Notably, Prime Minister Modi visited Egypt at the invitation of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and extended the invitation in January 2023 when he attended India’s Republic Day celebrations as the “chief guest” .
The visit is significant as Egypt has traditionally been one of India’s most important trading partners on the continent. According to Egypt’s Central Public Mobilization and Statistics Agency (CAPMAS), the India-Egypt bilateral trade agreement has been in force since March 1978 and is based on a most-favored-nation clause.
India is Egypt’s fifth largest trading partner for the period April-December 2022. Meanwhile, India is the 11th largest commodity importer and the 5th largest exporter to Egypt.
In addition, India and Egypt have a long history of engagement and cooperation on bilateral, regional and global issues with close political understanding. (Arnie)
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