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Narendra Modi's inbox crowded', many foreign leaders keen to meet him

India TV News Desk 07 Jun 2014, 12:41:23 PM IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a long list of foreign leaders who have expressed a desire to meet him.

Addressing the first press conference of the newly elected government, Ministry of External Affairs Syed Akbaruddin spokesperson said, "The inbox of the Prime Minister is pretty crowded. Multilateral visits from BRICS, UNGA, E Asia, ASEAN, SAARC, G20 are on agenda."

Without mentioning the dates, the spokesperson said the Prime Minister would be visiting neighbouring Bhutan later this month.

"India and Bhutan have regular exchanges at the highest level. Dates for the visit are still being explored," he said.

The Prime Minister would also be visiting Japan in July, accepting an invite from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Besides, Modi would also be visiting the US in September where he would be attending the UN General Assembly and also hold a summit meeting with President Barack Obama.

In July, the Prime Minister would also be visiting Brazil to attend the BRICS —  the five-country grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – Summit.

He also said external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj would be undertaking a bilateral visit after the Bhutan trip. Though the spokesperson declined to reveal the country, she is expected to make Dhaka the stop of her solo bilateral visit on June 26.

"The neighbourhood remains India's priority (with the new government)," said the spokesperson.