PM Modi meets Presidents of Kazakhstan, Switzerland

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Washington D.C., Apr. 2 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit here in Washington D.C.

He also met Switzerland President Johann Schneider-Ammann.

Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister called on his British and Canadian counterparts David Cameron and Justin Trudeau respectively, reaffirming bilateral ties with the nations.

Canada expressed interest in working with India in the energy sectors besides showing willingness to cooperate in coal gasification and underground mining.

“Mr. Trudeau acknowledged that yes Canada has strong energy sector and he wanted to work with India in the ways which were less harmful to the environment and, he said Canada will be very happy cooperate with India in both coal gasification as well as underground mining, ” said Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup while briefing the media about the bilateral meeting held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit here.

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Prime Minister Modi invited Cameron to play a larger role in the ‘Make In India’ project and asserted that the United Kingdom could become a major partner in the initiative, particularly in the defence sector.

“Prime Minister Modi said that the possibilities are increasing, especially on the economic sides and how we can encash those, depends on us. In this context, both the leaders reviewed the decisions taken during his visit to the UK, in particular the decision to launch the rupee bonds at the London stock exchange,” Swarup said.

Following his visit to Washington D.C., the Prime Minister will depart for Saudi Arabia tonight for the final leg of his three-nation tour where he aims to revive India’s strategic partnership with the oil-rich nation, particularly in areas of counter-terrorism, energy and trade.

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He is also expected to hold bilateral talks with King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud on issues including ways to step up existing counter-terrorism mechanisms. (ANI)

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