17 April, Vancouver
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has wrapped up his three-nation tour of France, Germany and Canada. Before departing for India, he said in a tweet that he is leaving Canada with immense satisfaction.
Thanking the people of Canada, Modi said, his visit will further enhance Indo-Canada ties. He conveyed special thanks to Prime Minister Stephan Harper describing him as a wonderful human being and a very dear friend. Canada was his final destination, where he visited Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. Apart from holding official meetings with the Canadian leadership, he also interacted with business CEOs and the Indian diaspora.
In Vancouver,. Modi along with Harper visited a Sikh Gurdwara and a Hindu Temple. However, Prime Minister’s visit to Sikh Gurdwara drew protests from some people for the alleged human rights violations in Gujarat. Near the site, a group of about 150 protesters chanted slogans against him. They also shouted slogans against Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his alliance with Modi.
The three nation visit is being considered as very successful as a number of important agreements were signed during the tour. The thrust of Mr. Modi’s tour was on attracting investments and technology for Make in India programme and country’s infrastructure development.
During his stay in Paris, the Prime Minister 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.
A decision was also made to move ahead with the stalled Jaitapur nuclear project in Maharashtra. In Germany, he inaugurated the Hannover Fair of which India was a partner country. He held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and an announcement was made to establish a mechanism to facilitate investment and business from Germany.
In Canada, the Prime Minister succeeded in clinching supply deal of 3,000 metric tonnes of uranium to India from this year to power Indian atomic reactors. Prime Minister’s aircraft will make a brief stopover in Frankfurt for re-fueling before heading for Delhi.