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Updated - May 10, 2022 02:06 pm IST

Published - May 09, 2022 01:43 pm IST

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Just after the Raisina Dialogue, New Delhi’s biggest annual foreign policy event, PM Narendra Modi went to European capitals for a series of big meetings, dominated by the Ukraine war and climate change. Three days, three countries and meetings with seven heads of government. While PM Modi certainly packed some pace in his tour of Europe, did the meetings have enough meat? Our diplomatic editor Suhasini Haidar’s comprehensive analysis has everything you need to know about New Delhi’s most recent outreach.

As the Government of India continued its push for better ties with Europe, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar met Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio in Delhi on Friday. Chief on the agenda, as has been the case during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tour to Germany, France, as well as to Denmark for the Nordic Summit, was the Ukraine issue and climate change and space cooperation between the two countries.

Why is India’s new push for stronger ties with Europe crucial both? Read The Hindu Editorial: Overcoming differences | On India’s new push for stronger ties with Europe

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  • Ahead of Buddha Purnima (birth anniversary) on May 16, the government is planning a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Lumbini in Nepal, the Buddha’s birthplace recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site, sources confirmed to The Hindu.
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