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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Foreign Visits


Here is a list of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign visits from the time he took charge as the Prime Minister of India. This information has been compiled from documents available on the website of Ministry of External Affairs. (Data as on Aug 2015).

State Visit to Bhutan (June 15-16, 2014):

At the invitation of Shri Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the King of Bhutan, Shri Narendra Modi paid a State Visit to Bhutan from 15-16 June 2014. The Prime Minister of India was  accompanied by External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj, National Security Adviser Shri Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Smt. Sujatha Singh and other senior officials of the Government of India. A joint statement was made on the outcome of the visit.

Visit to Brazil for 6th BRICS Summit (July 13-15,2014):

In July 2014, Shri Narendra Modi visited Brazil for his first  multilateral visit, the 6th BRICS summit was held at the north-eastern beach city of Fortaleza. In the Fortaleza summit the group have agreed to establish a financial institution rivaling the western dominated World Bank and IMF.The new bank would be called the New Development Bank (NDB). The Fortaleza Declaration was arrived at by the end of the summit.

Visit to Nepal (August 3-4, 2014):

Shri Narendra Modi paid an official visit to Nepal from August 3-4, 2014 at the invitation of the Prime Minister of Nepal, Shri Sushil Koirala. The Prime Minister of India was accompanied by Shri Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor (NSA), Ms. Sujatha Singh, Foreign Secretary and a delegation comprising senior officials of the Government of India and media. A joint press statement was made at the end of the visit.

Visit to Japan (Aug 30- Sep 3, 2014):

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi paid an official visit to Japan from 30 August to 03 September, 2014. During the visit, Prime Minister had an audience with the Emperor of Japan and held an Annual Summit meeting with Prime Minister Shri Shinzo Abe. The Tokyo declaration  for India – Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership was arrived at the end of the visit.

Visit to USA (Sept 26-30, 2014):

Shri Narendra Modi paid an official visit to USA. During the  visit, Prime Minister spoke at the Madison Square Garden in New York. He also addressed the UN General Assembly. He met with various world leaders at the UN. He then proceeded to Washington to meet President Barrack Obama. A Vision Statement for the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership- ‘Chalein Saath Saath: Forward Together We Go‘ was arrived at.

Visit to Myanmar (November 11-13, 2014):

Shri Narendra Modi paid an official visit to Myanmar to attend the 12th  India-ASEAN Summit.  He also spoke at the 9th East Asia Summit. The chairman made a statement  at the end of 12th ASEAN-India Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

Visit to Australia (November 14-18, 2014):

Shri Narendra Modi paid an official visit to Australia in November, 2014.  He  attended G-20  and met the BRICS heads of states.  He addressed a joint session of Austrialian Parliament and met with his Austrialian counterpart Shri Tony Abbott. A joint statement was issued at the end of the visit.

Visit to Fiji (November 19, 2014):

Shri Narendra Modi paid an official visit to Fiji where he met with the Prime Minister of Fiji Shri Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama. A number of MOUs were signed between both the countries during this visit.

Visit to Nepal for 18th SAARC Summit (November 25-27, 2014):

Shri Narendra Modi made a second visit to Nepal as the PM to attend the 18th SAARC summit. The Kathmandu declaration was made at the end of the
18th SAARC summit. There were a number of other outcomes of this visit.

Visit to Seychelles (March 10-11, 2015):

This was part of PM Modi’s visit to three Indian Ocean Island countries. The PM reitrerated India’s foreign policy priorities in India’s immediate and extended neighbourhood. He also said that India attaches paramount importance to strengthening relations with this region, which is vital for India’s security and progress. Modi went on to say that India’s relationship with Seychelles has been built on the foundation of mutual trust and shared values. His visit to Seychelles was the first Prime Ministerial visit to Seychelles since 1981. The PM’s statement at the end of his visit outlined the outcomes.

Visit to Mauritius (March 11-12, 2015):

The PM visited Mauritius after Seychells. He addressed the National Assembly of Mauritius. He also commissioned Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Barracuda in Mauritius. A list of MOUs/Agreements were signed during this visit.

Visit to Sri Lanka (March 13-14, 2015):

PM Modi during this visit to Sri Lanka said he was truly honoured by the warm welcome and friendship. He also attached a great significance to his visit since it is the first standalone bilateral visit to Sri Lanka by an Indian Prime Minister since 1987. The PM in his statement outlines India’a committment to ties with Sri Lanka and listed a host of areas where co-operation is being extended. He said that he looks forward to the early commencement of work on the ground in the Sampur Coal Power Project. This landmark project would meet Sri Lanka’s energy needs. He also assured to provide a fresh Line of Credit of up to US$ 318 million for the railways sector. This will be used to procure rolling stock, and to restore and upgrade existing railway track. The Foreign Secretary also briefed the media on the PM’s visit to Sri Lanka and its outcomes.

Visit to singapore (March 29, 2015):

PM Modi was in Singapore to attend State Funeral of Singapore’s founder and first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew

Visit to france (April 09-11, 2015):

PM Narendra Modi during his visit to France said he was  really happy to come to France. As the Prime Minister, this was his first visit to Europe and started it with France. The PM said that France is one of India’s closest friends and reliable partners. Here is a list of agreements signed during this visit.

Visit to germany (april 12-14, 2015):

During PM Modi’s visit to Germany, he said “Whenever anyone in India talks about technology, manufacturing or high quality, Germany is the first country that comes to the mind. So, it is natural that when India has embarked on a new journey for ‘Make in India’ for economic development and employment, we look forward to Germany’s strong partnership.” A joint statement was issued during this visit exploring ways of dialogue on foreign policy and security issues.

Visit to Canada (April 14-17, 2015):

PM Modi during his visit to Canada said that few countries in the world can match Canada’s potential to be a partner in India’s economic transformation. He also sought  Canada’s cooperation and investment in every area of India’s national development priority,- Energy and Infrastructure,Manufacturing and Skills,Smart Cities and agro-industry, and Research and Education. A joint statement titled ‘New Vigour, New Steps” was issued during this visit.

Visit to China (May 14-16, 2015):

PM Modi said that he has lot of hope from the relationship that both him & the President of China are trying to build. During his visit to India in September 2014, Chinese investments worth 20 billion US Dollars (Rs. 12 lakh-crore) were committed. Modi also said that India is keen to develop the sectors where China is strong. MOUs & Agreements worth $22 billion were signed during this visit.

Visit to Mongolia (May 17-18, 2015):

PM Modi during his remarks in the Mongolian Parliament said he was delighted to visit Mongolia, a country of great people. He also said  it is a special privilege to do so in the 25th year of democracy in Mongolia. A host of agreements were signed during this trip.

Visit to Republic of Korea (May 18-19, 2015):

During this visit, PM Modi said South Korea ranks only 14th in FDI flows in India and said there is a scope for improving this. He said India is also a land of enabling policy environment. He said there is potential for cooperation between India’s software and Korea’s hardware industry and also spoke about various other sectors where both the countries can work together. A list of agreements were signed.

Visit To Bangladesh (June 6-7, 2015):

During the visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India & Bangladesh are bound by the threads of history, religion, culture, language, kinship and passion for cricket.  He also said that both countries share emotional bonds of shared struggles and sacrifices. He also said that India is  pleased to extend  line of credit of 2 billion U.S. dollars to support infrastructure and other development activities in Bangladesh. Here is a list of MOUs, Agreements & other documents concluded during this visit .

Visit To Uzbekistan (July 6-7, 2015):

During this visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he has embarked on a five-nation tour of Central Asia and that  it reflects India’s resolve to start a new era in the relations with Central Asian Republics. A few agreements were signed during this visit

Visit To Kazakhstan (July 7-8, 2015):

During this visit, Prime Minister Modi  congratulated the people of Kazakhstan on the occasion of 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate and 20th anniversary of the Constitution of Kazakhstan. He also said that Kazaksthan was one of the first country with which India launched civil nuclear cooperation through a uranium purchase contract. He said India intends to expand cooperation in other minerals and Hydrocarbons. Five agreements were signed during this visit.

Visit to Russia for BRICS Summit (July 8-10, 2015):

During his address in the plenary session of the 7th BRICS Summit, PM Modi said that  everybody must acknowledge the success of BRICS in economic field including the New Development Bank, Contingency Reserve Fund, Export Credit Insurance, Financing for Innovation and new proposals for Customs Cooperation and Reinsurance Pool. The UFA declaration was signed during the 7th BRICS Summit.

Visit To Turkmenistan (July 10-11, 2015):

During this visit, Prime Minister Modi said that the most significant initiative in the relationship is the TAPI Gas Pipeline and that this could transform regional economic cooperation and bring prosperity along the route. Several agreements were signed during this visit.

Visit to Kyrgyz Republic (July 11-12, 2015):

During this visit, PM Modi said that he is delighted that both Election Commissions have signed an agreement on cooperation.  He said that he looks  forward to the launch of the tele-medicine link with India which is the  first in the region. He also mentioned the establishment of India-Kyrgyz Centre for Information Technology in the Kyrgyz State University in Bishkek. Several agreements were signed during this visit

Visit to Tajikistan (July 12-13, 2015):

During this Visit, Prime Minister Modi said that Agriculture is important to both economies . Both nations have agreed to promote the International North South Transport Corridor. Other connectivity initiatives such as India’s  planned investment in Chahbahar Port in Iran and intention to join the Ashkabat agreement will help. Both countries also  agreed to further strengthen defence cooperation which is  a strong pillar of the strategic partnership. Two agreements were signed during this visit.

Visit to UAE (August 16-17, 2015):

During this visit, the PM said that in the recent decades, UAE’s economic progress has been one of the global success stories, transforming the nation into a regional leader and a thriving international centre that attracts people and business from across the world.  India is UAE’s second largest trading partner; and UAE is not only India’s third largest trading partner, but also India’s gateway to the region and beyond. A joint statement was issued during this visit.

Visit to Ireland (September 23, 2015)

During this visit, the PM met his Irish counterpart Enda Kenny. In a joint press briefing, the PM said that constitutions of both the countries have something in common. It has to be noted that the Directive Principles in the Indian constitution were inspired from the Irish constitution. The PM said that science & technology and education are important areas of collaboration.

Visit to USA (September 23-28, 2015)

During his Visit to the USA, the PM spoke at the peacekeeping summit in New York. He also met President Barrack Obama in New York. He visited San Jose and also attended the G 4 summit. He also spoke at the UN sustainable Development Summit.

A joint press statement was issued by the Leaders of the G-4 countries- Brazil, Germany, India and Japan – on United Nations Security Council Reform.

Visit to UK(November 12-14, 2015)

During his visit, the PM met with the PM of UK, David Cameroon. PM Modi also addressed the UK Parliament. The two Prime Ministers endorsed a “Vision Statement” setting out the fundamental principles on which the UK-India partnership is built, and outlining a roadmap for deepening co-operation. They resolved to hold biennial PM-level summits to advance the partnership. They also resolved to agree on a new Defence and International Security Partnership which will intensify cooperation on defence and security, including cyber-security, counter-terrorism and maritime security.

A joint statement on the India -UK summit was released.

Visit to Malaysia (November 21-23, 2015)

The PM visited Malaysia to speak at the 13th ASEAN-India summit. In his address, the PM spoke about the progress of the Trilateral Highway project and expressed his hope that it could be completed by 2018. The PM also promised a line of credit of 1 billion USD to promote physical and digital connectivity between ASEAN & India. Multiple MOUs were signed during this visit.

Visit to Singapore (November 23-24, 2015)

The PM during his visit  remarked that the historical ties and cultural proximity between the two countries are big assets. He said that a  large Indian Diaspora is enriching the life and work environment of Singapore. He mentioned that Singapore is the 10th largest trade partner of India globally and 2nd largest in ASEAN. Number of agreements were signed during this visit.

Visit to France (November 29-30, 2015)

The PM visited France to take part in the COP 21 summit in Paris. In his address at the Innovation Summit in COP 21, the PM said that the world must  speak about goals and targets on carbon emissions and rise in global temperature. He added that it is equally important to focus on the instruments that will make it natural and easy for the world to get there. Further, the PM remarked that a vast section of humanity lives at the edge of poverty and in darkness after the sun sets and they need energy to light up their homes and power their future.

Visit to Russia (December 23-24, 2015)

During a media conference of the visit, the PM said that Russia is a significant partner in India’s economic transformation and in shaping a balanced, stable, inclusive and a multi-polar world. He said both the countries have laid the foundation for future character of the strategic partnership. The PM further said said that the Inter-Governmental Agreement on manufacture of Kamov 226 helicopter in India is the first project for a major defence platform under the Make in India mission and it is being signed with India’s most important defence partner.
Number of agreements/MoUs were signed during this visit.

Visit to Afghanistan (December 25, 2015)

The PM visited Afghanistan to inaugurate the new Afghanistan Parliament building, funded by India.  During his speech, the PM said that there could not have been a more special day than the birthday of Atal Bihari Vajpayee since it was he who dreamt of this project  eleven years ago with Hamid Karzai.

He said India is  deeply touched that one of the wings in this building is called the Atal Block. A joint statement was issued during this visit.

Visit to Pakistan (December 25, 2015)

In his return journey from Afghanistan, the PM stopped over in Pakistan to wish the PM of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif on his birthday. The PM also visited the Nawaz Sharif’s home in Raiwind, where his grand-daughter’s wedding is being held.

Visit to Belgium (March 30, 2016)

The PM made his first official Visit to Brussels for the 13th India-EU Summit at the invitation of the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.
EU is India’s leading trade and investment partner and biggest export destination. India and EU are also Strategic Partners since 2004. The 13th India-EU Summit was aimed at  deepening the India-EU Strategic Partnership and advance collaboration in priority areas for India’s growth and development. A joint statement was issued during this summit.

Visit to USA (31st march- 1st April, 2016)

The PM attended the 4th Nuclear Security Summit in USA. The Nuclear Security Summit process has been instrumental in focusing leaders’ level attention on the global threat posed by nuclear terrorism and urgent measures required to prevent terrorists and other non-state actors from gaining access to sensitive nuclear materials and technologies. The 2016 Summit took stock of the progress of the previous NSS Communiqués /Work Plan as also outline a future agenda.

Visit to Saudi Arabia (April 2-3, 2016)

India and Saudi Arabia share friendly relations based on close people-to-people contacts. The ‘Strategic Partnership’ established through Riyadh declaration in 2010 envisions a deeper engagement in political, economic, security and defence areas. Saudi Arabia has become India’s 4th largest partner with bilateral trade exceeding US$ 39 billion in 2014-15. Saudi Arabia is also India’s largest crude oil supplier accounting for about one-fifth of India’s total imports. There are over 2.96 million Indian nationals working in Saudi Arabia. Multiple agreements were signed during this visit.

Visit to Iran (May 22-23, 2016)

During this visit, the PM said that India and Iran are not new friends. He went onto say that through centuries, both the societies have stayed connected through art and architecture, ideas and traditions, and culture and commerce. As friends and neighbours. The PM remembered that Iran was among the first countries to come forward in support when earthquake struck Gujarat, in 2001.
Many agreements were signed during this visit.

Visit to Afghanistan (June 4, 2016)

The PM visited Afghanistan to inaugurate the  Afghanistan – India Friendship Dam in Herat.  While inaugurating the dam, the PM said that he was truly humbled by the generosity of the Afghan spirit. He further said that rivers have been bearers of great civilisations of the world.

Visit to Qatar (June 4-5, 2016)

At the invitation of Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, the PM paid a two-day official Visit to the State of Qatar. The PM also met  Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior of the State of Qatar. Multiple agreements were signed during this visit.

Visit to Switzerland(June 5-6, 2016)

The PM during his visit said that both India and Switzerland have been voices of peace, understanding and humanitarian values in the world. The PM also held detailed discussions with Swiss CEOs.
The PM also thanked the President of Swiss Confederation for Switzerland’s understanding and support for India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. The PM also discussed the need for an early and expeditious exchange of information to bring to justice the tax offenders.

Visit to USA (June 6-8, 2016)

During this visit, the PM addressed the joint meeting of the US Congress and said he was honoured by the invitation. He spoke about the Indian culture, civilization etc. in his address. The PM also made a keynote speech at the  40th AGM of US India Business Council (USIBC). A fact sheet on the framework for US-India cyber relationship was released during this visit.

Visit to Mexico (June 8, 2016)

During this visit, the PM said that Mexico was the first Latin American country to recognize India. Since then, the trajectory of the all round bilateral ties has shown growing intensity. In 2007 both the countries established Privileged Partnership.
The PM said that ties of business and investment are an important driver of the relationship and opined that Mexico is an important partner for India’s energy security. The PM identified Information technology, energy, pharmaceuticals, and automotive industries among the key growth areas of our commercial linkages. The PM wanted to prioritize concrete projects in areas of agricultural research; bio-technology; waste management; disaster warning and management, and solar energy. A joint statement was issued during this visit.

Visit to Uzbekistan (June 23-24, 2016)

During this visit, the PM spoke at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.  He said India is not new to the region and the historic linkages with the region are centuries old. He said both societies have been enriched by links of culture, cuisine and commerce.  He said India’s capacities in trade, investments, information and communication technology, Space, S&T, agriculture, health care, small and medium scale industry can bring wide spread economic benefit to the SCO countries.

Visit to Mozambique (July 07, 2016)

During his visit, the PM said that the relationship between the two countries is not new and that thousands of Indian-origin people call Mozambique their home. He also said  both the countries suffered under the colonial rule and that India was one of the  leading advocates of Mozambican freedom from colonial rule.
The PM went onto say that the trade and investment ties between both the countries have particularly flourished in recent years and  India remains ready and committed to share its experiences, technology, capacity and concessional credit with Mozambique.Multiple agreements were signed during this visit.

Visit to South Africa (July 7-9, 2016)

During this visit, the PM said that through centuries, India and South Africa have nurtured strong people to people ties and both the countries stood together in common fight against racial subjugation and colonialism. He said that it was in South Africa that Gandhi found his true calling.Multiple MoUs were signed during this visit.

Visit to Tanzania (July 9-10, 2016)

During this visit, the PM said that India has enjoyed strong links with East Africa, especially Tanzania. He said India is already a substantial economic partner of Tanzania and the two way annual trade stands at around US$ 3 billion. Indian investments in Tanzania already total around US$ 3 billion. Multiple MoUs were signed during this visit.

Visit to Kenya (July 10-11, 2016)

During his visit, the PM said that at the end 19th century, Indians came to Kenya during the colonial era to build the iconic Mombasa Uganda railway and many of them stayed and contributed to the economic development of Kenya. He further stated that several joined the freedom struggle, and stood shoulder to shoulder with Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, the founding president of Kenya.

He said India is ready to join hands with Kenya in fulfilling the development priorities in the areas of agriculture, health care, education renewable energy etc.Multiple agreements were signed during this visit.

Visit to Vietnam (September 2-3, 2016)

During this visit,  the PM said that the links between both the societies go back over 2000 years. He added that the advent of Buddhism from India to Vietnam and the monuments of Vietnam’s Hindu Cham temples stand testimony to these bonds.
The PM announced that India will be offering a grant of  US $ 5 million for the establishment of a Software Park in the Telecommunications University in Nha Trang.

Visit to China (September 3-5, 2016)

The PM visited China to attend the G20 summit. The PM also chaired a meeting of the BRICS leaders. The PM also met the Australian Prime Minister Turnbull and thanked him for Australia’s pro-active support to India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. Prime Minister Turnbull said that Australia continues to support India’s inclusion in NSG.

Visit to Laos (September 7-8, 2016)

The PM was in Laos to attend the  14th ASEAN-India Summit in Vientiane. He said that  ASEAN is at the core of efforts to address the traditional and non-traditional security challenges in the Asia Pacific region. The PM felt that there is scope to expand and deepen the varied and vibrant economic engagement between India & ASEAN. He went onto say that for this, ongoing review of ASEAN India Trade in Goods Agreement has to be completed at an early date. The PM also addressed the 11th East Asia summit in Laos.

Visit to Japan (November 10-12, 2016)

The PM during this visit said that there is much to learn from Japan’s experience. He said that  the capacities of both the countries could also be combined to respond to both, the opportunities and challenges that are jointly faced in present times.Multiple agreements were signed during this visit.

Visit to Sri Lanka (May 11-12, 2017)

The PM addressed the International Vesak day celebrations in Colombo. He said it is a day for humanity to revere the birth, the enlightenment and the Parinibbana of Lord Buddha, the “Tathagatha”.

The PM also addressed the Indian origin Tamil Community in Dickoya.  He said India has also undertaken many projects for their well-being, together with Sri Lankan Government, particularly in education, health and community development sectors.

VISIT TO GERMANY (MAY 29-30, 2017)

During PM Modi’s visit to Germany, he said “It is a great pleasure to meet you all. It is an added pleasure to talk to you in the presence of an enlightened leader like Chancellor Merkel. In fact, I do not miss any opportunity of meeting her. I particularly recall my interactions during my visit to Hannover Fair in April 2015. India was a Partner Country in that fair. This was followed by Chancellor Merkel’s visit to India in October 2015. Together, we have had several rounds of discussion with German and Indian CEOs. Today again, I can see a lot of energy and enthusiasm in this hall. I can also see a number of Indian CEOs present here.”

A joint statement was issued and multiple MOU’s were signed during this visit

VISIT TO SPAIN (MAY 30-31, 2017)

During this visit, PM Modi called on His Majesty King Felipe VI. They exchanged views on the various aspects of bilateral relations and expressed their commitment to further strengthening India-Spain ties.

Both leaders acknowledged the importance of their global partnership in dealing with key global challenges including climate change, fight against international terrorism and non proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and committed to further strengthen their bilateral and multilateral cooperation in these issues.

Here is a List of MoUs/Agreements signed during this visit  


During this visit, PM Modi said “Russia unwaveringly supported India in its struggle for independence and helped it to achieve self-sufficiency. In August 1971, our countries signed the Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation, which outlined fundamental principles of mutual relations such as respect for each other’s sovereignty and interests, good neighborliness and peaceful co-existence. Two decades later, in January 1993, India and Russia reaffirmed the inviolability of those provisions in the new Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation.The Declaration on Strategic Partnership between the Republic of India and the Russian Federation of October 3, 2000, took the bilateral relations to a new level characterized by coordinated approaches towards ensuring international peace and security, addressing major global and regional issues, as well as close cooperation in economic, cultural, educational and other areas. This partnership was further elevated to the level of a Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership on 21 December 2010.”

Saint Petersburg Declaration by the Russian Federation and the Republic of India: A vision for the 21st century arrived at the end of the visit.


While addressing a joint press statement with French President Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “India and France enjoy deep-rooted ties. Our nations have been working together for a very long time, bilaterally & multilaterally.”

He added that be it trade and technology, innovation and investment, energy, education and enterprise, both the countries wanted to give a boost to the ties. The Prime Minister repeated, “We want to improve the cultural relations between India and France. Several Indians fought in the first two world wars for world peace.”


Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited Kazakhstan on June 8-9, 2017 to attend the SCO Summit. He met President of Kazakhstan Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev and attended a cultural performance by SCO Member States and India at Nur-Sultan Opera on 8th June, 2017. He attended the SCO Summit on 9th June, 2017. India was admitted as a full member of SCO at the Summit. He held bilateral meetings with President of China Mr. Xi Jinping, President of Uzbekistan Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev and President of Afghanistan Dr. Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of the Summit, and attended the inauguration of Nur-Sultan Expo-2017 in the evening of 9th June, 2017.


During this visit, PM Modi said “We are two countries with deep historical connections and strong economic and people to people ties. It is, therefore, surprising for me to know that there had never been a bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Portugal. However, I take satisfaction in the fact that this is the second Summit between India and Portugal within a period of six months. I am grateful to Prime Minister Costa for receiving me with such warmth and affection, and at such short notice. We were honoured to welcome Prime Minister Costa in India in January, not only for a bilateral visit, but also as our Chief Guest at the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas, the Indian Diaspora Day celebrations. Prime Minister Costa represents the best of the Indian Diaspora across the world.”

Multiple MoUs/Agreements were signed during this visit

VISIT TO USA (JUNE 25-26, 2017)

During this visit, PM Modi in a Joint Statement – United States and India: Prosperity Through Partnership said “In marking 70 years of diplomatic relations between India and the United States, the leaders resolved to expand and deepen the strategic partnership between the countries and advance common objectives. Above all, these objectives include combatting terrorist threats, promoting stability across the Indo-Pacific region, increasing free and fair trade, and strengthening energy linkages. President Trump and Prime Minister Modi expressed confidence that, together, the United States and India will provide strong leadership to address global challenges and build prosperity for their citizens in the decades to come.”


On 27 June 2017, Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, paid a working visit to The Netherlands at the invitation of his Dutch counterpart, Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The visit marked 70 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and The Netherlands. Prime Minister Modi’s itinerary included official meetings with Prime Minister Rutte, His Majesty King Willem Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Maxima. In addition, Prime Minister Modi met with representatives of Dutch companies operating in the Indian market and those who are keen to invest there. Prime Minister Modi was welcomed at Schiphol Airport by Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders.


During this visit, PM Modi said “The people of Israel have built a nation on democratic principles. They have nurtured it with hard work, grit and the spirit of innovation. You have marched on regardless of adversity and converted challenges into opportunity. India applauds your achievements.

Today is July 4, exactly 41 years since Operation Entebbe. The day when your Prime Minister, and my friend, Bibi, lost his older brother Yoni, while saving the lives of so many Israeli hostages. Your heroes are an inspiration for the younger generations”


During this visit, the leaders of the 5 BRICS countries held an informal meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.  

Prime Minister mentioned that BRICS has been a strong voice and needs to show leadership on terrorism and global economy. He stressed that G20 should collectively oppose terrorism financing, franchises, safe havens, support and sponsors. Referring to reforms in India, including the recent introduction of GST, PM stated that it was necessary to work together for sustained global economic recovery. He advocated collective voice against the practices of protectionism, especially in the spheres of trade and movement of knowledge and professionals. He reiterated India’s commitment to implementing the Paris Agreement in letter and spirit and described its implementation globally as essential to fighting climate change. He called for expeditious action to establish BRICS rating agency and stated that cooperation on development of Africa should be a priority. He also called for greater people-to-people exchanges.


During this visit, the PM at the Dialogue with BRICS Business Council said “India is changing fast into one of the most open economies in the world today. Foreign Direct Investment inflows are at an all-time high, rising by 40 per cent. India has moved up in the World Bank Index of Ease of Doing Business. Similarly, we have moved up 32 spots in last two years in the Global Competitiveness Index. The Goods and Services Tax that was introduced in July is India’s biggest economic reform measure ever. In one stroke, a unified market of 1.3 billion people has been created. Programmes like Digital India, Start Up India and Make in India are changing the economic landscape of the country. They are assisting India turn into a knowledge based, skill supported and technology driven society.”

BRICS Leaders Xiamen Declaration was arrived at by the end of the summit.


During this visit, Prime Minister Modi was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw on 5th September 2017. He paid a courtesy call on the President of Myanmar, who hosted a State Banquet in his honour. On 6th September 2017, the Indian delegation led by Prime Minister Modi held bilateral talks with the Myanmar delegation led by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The talks were held in a warm, cordial and constructive atmosphere as befits the close and friendly relations between the two countries. Thereafter, the State Counsellor and the Indian Prime Minister witnessed the signing and exchange of various documents between Myanmar and India in the areas of health, culture, capacity building, maritime security and collaboration between key institutions and held a Joint Press Conference.

Multiple MoUs/Agreements were signed during this visit


During this visit at 15th ASEAN-India Summit, Manila, the PM Modi said “Maritime links established thousands of years ago between India and ASEAN countries have enabled our trade relations in the past and we have to work closely to further strengthen them.

India assures the ASEAN of its steady support towards achieving a rules-based regional security architecture that best attests to the region’s interests and its peaceful development.

We have individually strived very hard to fight terrorism and violent extremism. It is time that we jointly address this challenge by intensifying cooperation in this crucial area.”


During this visit, PM Modi said “I am delighted to participate in this forty-eighth annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. First of all, I compliment Mr. Klaus Schwab on his initiative to create a powerful and comprehensive platform for World Economic Forum.

The last visit of Indian Prime Minister to Davos was in 1997 when Mr. Deve Gowda came here. In 1997, the GDP of India was slightly over 400 billion dollars. Now after two decades it is almost 6 times. The theme of this forum at that time was, “Building the Network Society.” Today, 21 years later, if we look at the achievements and priorities of technology and digital age, this topic seems to be centuries old. Today, we are not only in the network society but in the world of big data, artificial intelligence and Cobots. In 1997, the EURO currency was not in vogue. And the Asian financial crisis was not known at all, neither was any symptom of BREXIT. In 1997, very few people had heard of Osama bin Laden and the name of Harry Potter was also unknown. Then chess players were not at serious risk of losing to a computer. And Google was not incarnated in the Cyber Space.”

Visit to Palestine, UAE and Oman (February 09-12, 2018)

During this visit, PM Modi said “India is a very old ally in Palestine’s nation-building efforts. We have cooperation in the areas of training, technology, infrastructure development, project assistance and budgetary support.

As a part of our new initiative, we have started a Technology Park project here in Ramallah which is currently under construction. After its creation, we hope that this institution will work as a center which enhances employment skills and services.

India is also collaborating to set up an Institute of Diplomacy in Ramallah. We believe that this institute will emerge as a world-class training institute for the young diplomats of Palestine.”

Multiple MoUs/Agreements were signed during this visit to Palestine and United Arab Emirates 


During this visit, in the UK-​India Joint Statement, the PM said “The UK and India have a natural ambition to reinforce our Strategic Partnership, based on shared values, common law and institutions, as the world’s oldest and largest democracies. We are committed members of the Commonwealth. We share a global outlook and commitment to a rules-based international system that strongly opposes unilateral actions that seek to undermine that system through force or coercion. We share the Living Bridge of countless personal and professional ties between our nations.”

Multiple MOUs/Agreements were signed during the to London

VISIT TO CHINA (APRIL 26-28, 2018)

During this visit, the PM said “I am very grateful to you for the welcome accorded to me and my delegation in China’s Wuhan city. We people of India register this matter with great pride that perhaps the Prime Minister of India is the first, whom you have received twice outside the capital, this in itself is love towards India and your affection towards India, which is visible. You yourself came there, welcomed us, this is a welcome for India. I express my gratitude from my heart.

Last time when we met in July and the topic of informal conversation developed between us and today you invited us for this informal summit and created a spectacular atmosphere, created a very positive environment and your personal contribution is very huge and I appreciate it from my heart.”

VISIT TO NEPAL (MAY 11-12, 2018)

During this visit, the PM Modi said “My visit to Nepal is happening at a historic time when Nepal has successfully conducted elections at all the three levels i.e. federal, provincial and local levels. This period will be written in golden letters in the history of Nepal. To bring change, for economic and social progress and for nation building, the people of Nepal have expressed their trust in the leadership and vision of Prime Minister Oli Ji. I congratulate the people of Nepal for their decision to undertake theirdevelopment journey and nation-building exerciseunder federal and democratic framework. India supports the aspirations of all the Nepalese people for a united, prosperous and strong Nepal.The blessings of 1.25 billion Indians are with you in your efforts for inclusive growth and economic prosperity of Nepal.”


During this visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin held their first informal Summit in the city of Sochi in the Russian Federation on May 21, 2018. The Summit provided an occasion for both leaders to deepen their friendship and to exchange views on international and regional issues, in keeping with the tradition of high level political exchanges between India and Russia.

The two leaders agreed that the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between India and Russia is an important factor for global peace and stability. They shared the view that India and Russia have an important role to play in contributing to an open and equitable world order. In this regard, they recognized each other’s respective roles as major powers with common responsibilities for maintaining global peace and stability.


During this visit, the PM Modi in a keynote address at Shangri La Dialogue said “For thousands of years, Indians have turned to the East. Not just to see the Sun rise, but also to pray for its light to spread over the entire world. The human-kind now looks to the Rising East, with the hope to see the promise that this 21st century beholds for the whole world, because the destiny of the world will be deeply influenced by the course of developments in the Indo-Pacific region.

Because, this new age of promise is also caught in shifting plates of global politics and the fault lines of history. I am here to say that the future we seek does not have to be as elusive as Shangri La; that we can shape this region in our collective hopes and aspirations. No where is it more apt to pursue this than in Singapore.This great nation shows us that when the oceans are open, the seas are secure, countries are connected, the rule of law prevails and the region is stable, nations, small and large, prosper as sovereign countries. Free and fearless in their choices.

Singapore also shows that when nations stand on the side of principles, not behind one power or the other, they earn the respect of the world and a voice in international affairs. And, when they embrace diversity at home, they seek an inclusive world outside.”

Multiple MoUs were signed during this visit.

VISIT TO CHINA (JUNE 9-10, 2018)

During this visit to the 18th SCO Summit, the PM Modi said “For thousands of years the geographic area of SCO has been an inspiration for physical, scientific, philosophical, spiritual and cultural progress for the whole world. From Buddha and Confucius, Emperor Ashoka and Tang Dynasty, Samarkand and Bukhara, Nalanda and Takshshila, Hiuen Tsang and Kasyapa Matanga, Al Buruni and Aryabhatta, Mahatma Gandhi and Tolstoy, Rumi and Kalidas, there have been such innumerable figures of this region who have nurtured this region like Ganga and Volga rivers. The fragrance of these flowers of our shared legacy could spread everywhere, because thousands of years ago our ancestors inundated the geographical barriers with the bridge of contact and cooperation. Today, once again we are at a place where physical and digital connectivity are changing the definition of geography. Therefore, connectivity with our neighbors and with the SCO area is particularly a priority for India. We welcome new connectivity projects that are inclusive, sustainable and transparent, and respect countries’ sovereignty and territorial integrity. Our commitment to connectivity in this area is visible in the International North-South Transport Corridor, the development of Chabahar Port and our active participation in specific projects like Ashgabat Agreement.”

Several Bilateral Agreements were signed between India-China during this visit


In his address at Parliament of Uganda during his State Visit, PM Modi said “I am deeply honoured by the invitation to address this august House. I have had similar privilege in other Parliaments. This is, however, special. This honour has come to a Prime Minister of India for the first time. It is a great honour for the 1.25 billion people of India. I carry their greetings and warm wishes of friendship with me to this House and for all the people of Uganda. Your presence, Madam Speaker, reminds me of my Lok Sabha, which also has a lady Speaker. I also see a large number of young Members of Parliament here. This is good news for democracy. Every time I come to Uganda, I am enchanted by this “Pearl of Africa”. 

Multiple MoUs were signed with South Africa, Uganda and Rwanda during this visit.

PM also attended 10th BRICS Summit held at Johannesburg.


The PM visited Nepal to attend Fourth BIMSTEC Summit, in his statement at BIMSTEC Plenary Session, PM said “I would like to heartily thank the Government of Nepal and Prime Minister OliJi for hosting this successful fourth BIMSTEC Summit. Although this is the first BIMSTEC Summit for me, but in 2016 I had the opportunity to host BIMSTEC Retreat with the BRICS Summit in Goa. The Agenda for Action that we had decided in Goa, our teams have taken a commendable follow-up action on that.”


During this visit, the PM Modi said “India and Japan relations have the depths and expanse of Indian and Pacific oceans. These relations are based on shared commitment to democratic values ​​and freedoms and the Rule of Law. Yesterday and todayI had a very useful conversation with Abe San on great vision for the future development of our relations. Today, we have signed this shared vision. Tomorrow it will provide a new light to our future. We are in complete agreement that we will give unhindered pace to our cooperation in digital partnership to cyber space, from health to defense and security and from sea to space. I have been told that today Japan’s investors have announced a fresh investment of $ 2.5 billion in India. This will provide employment to about 30 thousand people in India. Agreement on Bilateral Currency Swap Arrangement during this visit clearly reflects our mutual trust and our ever increasing closeness in economic partnership.”

Multiple agreements were signed between India and Japan during this visit


In his keynote address at Singapore FinTech Festival, the Prime Minister said ”    It is a great honour to be the first Head of Government to deliver the keynote address at Singapore Fintech Festival.

This is a tribute to the youth of India with its eyes firmly fixed to the future.It is an acknowledgement of the financial revolution sweeping through India and transforming the lives of 1.3 billion people.This is an event of finance and technology and, it is also a festival.This is the season of the Indian Festival of Lights – Deepawali. It is celebrated all over the world as a victory of virtue, hope, knowledge and prosperity. The Diwali lights are still on in Singapore.The Fintech Festival is also a celebration of belief.Belief in the spirit of innovation and the power of imagination.Belief in the energy of youth and their passion for change.Belief in making the world a better place.”


During this visit Prime Minister Modi assured President Solih of India’s firm commitment in assisting the Maldives to achieve sustainable social and economic development. He also conveyed India’s readiness to extend help in every possible way and suggested that both sides should meet at the earliest to work out details as per requirements of the Maldives.

Prime Minister Modi also welcomed the expanding opportunities for Indian companies to invest in the Maldives in different sectors for the mutual benefit of both countries.Recognizing that nationals of both countries travel extensively between the two countries, the leaders also agreed on the need for facilitating easier visa procedures.

A Joint Press Statement was made after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih


During this visit, PM Modi spoke at BRICS Leaders’ Informal Meeting on the margins of G20 Summit. A Nine Point Agenda was also Suggested By India to G-20 for Action Against Fugitive Economic Offences And Asset Recovery


During this visit, the PM Modi said “India’s vision concerning Indo-Pacific puts special emphasis on inclusiveness, ASEAN’s centrality and shared prosperity. This is an area in which India and Korea can work together for the benefit of the whole region and the world, based on their shared values​​and interests.

And I am happy that after the visit of President to India last year, we have made significant progress in our relations in very short time. This progress and the roadmap of our relations in the future is based on our shared vision of, People, Peace and Prosperity.”

PM Modi was presented with Seoul Peace Prize.

Multiple MoUs/Documents were signed during this state visit.


During this visit, the PM Modi said “The Maldives is a garland of over 1000 islands. It is a rare gem not only of the Indian Ocean region but the whole world. Its boundless beauty and natural treasure have been a centre of attraction for centuries. This country is a glowing example of the indomitable courage of man in the face of nature’s force. Maldives has been witness to the constant flow of trade, people and culture. And Male, this beautiful capital, is not merely a gateway for tourists to the blue oceans. It is also the key for the entire world to a stable, peaceful and prosperous Indian Ocean region.”

Multiple agreements/MoUs signed during this State Visit. A Joint Statement between India-Maldives  was also issued


During his intervention at the SCO Summit 2019, PM Modi said “The history, civilization and culture of India, have been interconnected with the SCO region for thousands of years. Our shared area needs better connectivity in the modern era. Initiatives like International North South Transport Corridor, Chabahar Port, Ashgabat Agreement, clearly emphasize the focus of India on connectivity. We have also operated Air Freight Corridor between Kabul and Kandahar and New Delhi and Mumbai since 2017. Respect for sovereignty, regional integrity, good governance, transparency, practicality and reliability should be the basis of connectivity initiatives. The importance of people-to-people contact is no less than physical connectivity. Our e-tourist visa services are available for most of the SCO countries. I am happy to announce that soon the website of Indian Tourism Department will have a 24X7 Tourist Helpline with Russian interfaces in Russian language for the ease of the tourists of the SCO countries.”

A Joint Declaration by the Republic of India and the Kyrgyz Republic on establishing Strategic Partnership was made


At an intervention at the BRICS Leaders Informal Meeting on the margins of G20 Summit, the PM Modi said ” First of all, I congratulate President Bolsonaro for being elected the President of Brazil. And I also welcome him in the BRICS family. I also give my heartfelt thanks to President Bolsonaro for organizing this meeting. On this occasion I congratulate our friend Ramaphosa for again being elected as the President of South Africa.”

Foreign Secretary briefed media after informal RIC meeting and Japan-US-India Trilateral Meeting on the margins of G-20 Summit in Osaka


Prime Minister addressed at Royal University of Bhutan during this State Visit and said “Anyone visiting Bhutan is struck as much by its natural beauty as by the warmth, compassion and simplicity of its people. Yesterday, I was at Semtokha Dzong, the fore-most example of the richness of Bhutan’s past and the greatness of its spiritual heritage. During this visit, I have had the opportunity to interact closely with the present leadership of Bhutan. I once again received their guidance for the India-Bhutan relationship, which has always benefitted from their close and personal attention.”

Multiple MoU/Agreement were exchanged during this State Visit.


During this visit, the PM Modi said “India and France have centuries old relations. Our friendship is not based on any selfish reasons but on the solid ideals of ‘Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.’ This is the reason why India and France have shoulder to shoulder protected freedom and democracy and combated fascism and extremism. The sacrifice of thousands of Indian soldiers during the First World War is still remembered in France. Today France and India stand firmly together to face the challenges of terrorism, climate change, environment and inclusive development of technology. Both our countries have not only spoken about good things, but we have also taken concrete steps. International Solar Alliance is one such successful initiative of India and France.”

Multiple MoUs were signed and  Joint Statement was also issued.

PM also visited United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.


During this visit, the PM Modi said “Where the dawn comes first in the whole world, where the victory over the nature of the unstoppable struggle of our Russian friends has become the inspiration for the whole world and where new stories of human development are being written in the 21st century. I am extremely happy to have come to such a great place-Vladivostok. And it has been made possible on the invitation of my dear friend President Putin. For this I thank from my heart my friend – President Putin.The invitation, which gave me the privilege of being the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Vladivostok. I am grateful to President Putin, my friend for this.”

Multiple MoUs/Agreements were exchanged, Commercial Documents were signed and a Joint Statement was made during this visit 


During this visit, the PM Modi  addressed to the UNGA, Bloomberg Global Business Forum, ECOSOC Chambers on relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in today’s era,  Indian Community in Houston, Texas and made his remarks in UN on Universal Health Care and met several Head of Nations .

IBSA Joint Statement on the Reform of the Multilateral System was also made during this visit.


During this visit, the PM Modi met King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and several other ministers.

Multiple MoUs/Agreements were signed and Joint Statement was made during the visit 


At the inaugural ceremony of the 16th India-ASEAN Summit during this visit, PM Modi said “I welcome the mutual coordination of the Indo-Pacific Outlook between India and ASEAN. India’s Act East Policy is an important part of our Indo-Pacific vision. ASEAN is and always will be the heart of our Act East Policy. Integrated, organized and economically developing ASEAN is in India’s basic interest. We are committed to further strengthen our partnership through stronger surface, maritime and air-connectivity and digital-link. $ 1 billion line of credit will be useful for physical and digital connectivity. Our intention is to greatly increase the traffic of people for study, research, trade and tourism.”

PM Modi also attended Aditya Birla Group Golden Jubilee Celebrations during this visit   


PM Modi at the plenary session of 11th BRICS Summit in Brasilia on the sidelines of G20 Summit said “The theme of this summit – “Economic growth for an innovative future”, is very accurate. Innovation has become the cornerstone of our development. Therefore, we need to strengthen cooperation under BRICS for innovation. Brazil itself has taken many successful steps for innovation and practical cooperation. We should continue to work on the initiatives of Brazil in the coming years as well.

BRICS began 10 years ago, at a time of financial crisis and many economic problems. The journey, which started from Yekaterinburg in 2009, has crossed several notable stops. BRICS countries have been the main engines of global economic growth over the years. And we have contributed to the development of the whole humanity. At the same time, we have emerged as a major factor in a peaceful, prosperous and multi polar world.”

Brasilia Declaration was arrived at by the end of the summit.

(Here is an infographic showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s domestic visits as of Feb 24th, 2015 from the time he took charge as the Prime Minister of India.)


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