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Modi returns after three-nation tour

In this photo downloaded off the PMO twitter page, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj receives Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Delhi airport on Thursday.

In this photo downloaded off the PMO twitter page, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj receives Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Delhi airport on Thursday.  

During his 10-day tour the Prime Minister attended the East Asia and ASEAN-India Summits in Myanmar, the Brisbane G20 Summit and held bilateral meetings with his Australian and Fijian counterparts.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned home on Thursday after a nine-day three-nation tour of Myanmar, Australia and Fiji during which he had a range of international engagements.

The special Air India plane carrying the Prime Minister and his delegation landed at the airport in New Delhi at 7.15 a.m. after a 14-hour flight from Fiji capital Suva with a two-hour refuelling halt at Yangon in Myanmar.













During the tour he attended the East Asia and ASEAN-India Summits in Myanmar, the G20 Summit in Australia and held bilateral meetings with his Australian and Fijian counterparts.

He held talks with his Fijian counterpart Frank Bainimarama and also announced a slew of Lines of Credit and development aid totalling $80 million for the country.

Mr. Modi also announced $1 million Special Adaptation Fund for the Pacific nations and a proposal to develop Pan Pacific Islands Project for telemedicine and tele-education.

He also addressed Fijian parliament, the first by a foreign leader, after parliamentary elections, during which he said that India was prepared to build a “Digital Fiji”.

Noting the inconvenience in travel due to Visa issues, Mr. Modi announced visa on arrival facility for all the 14 Pacific Island countries and hoped that it will facilitate exchanges and promote better understanding between the peoples.

During his four-city tour in Australia, Mr. Modi and his counterpart Tony Abbott agreed on a landmark framework for security cooperation across the spectrum in defence, cyber and maritime security and combating terrorism, including the threats posed by foreign fighters joining extremists groups.

Mr. Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Australia in 28 years, also addressed the Australian Parliament.

The two countries also decided to conclude a long-pending Free Trade pact by the end of next year and an “early closure” of the civilian nuclear deal that will facilitate uranium imports to India.

Prior to arriving in Australia, Mr. Modi attended the ASEAN-India summit and the East Asia Summit in Myanmar.

At the East Asia summit in Myanmar capital Nay Pyi Taw, Mr. Modi asserted that the world community must reject any linkage between religion and terrorism while formulating a “genuinely international” partnership in the fight against all forms of terror acts.

On India-ASEAN relationship, Mr. Modi said there were “no irritants” in their ties and they can be “great” partners.

He said there will be “major improvement” in India’s trade policy and environment and proposed a special facility for speedy implementation of connectivity projects with the 10-nation ASEAN bloc.

On the sidelines of the summits, Mr. Modi met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak, Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev, and Thai counterpart Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha.

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