Prime Minister Narendra Modi gets warm reception in Brussels, pays tribute to blast victims
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his hectic one- day visit to terror hit Belgian capital, Brussels , met with select members of the European Union and Belgian parliaments in his first official engagement after his arrival in Brussels. “A parliamentary beginning! PM meets select members of the European & Belgian Parliaments for 1st engagement of day,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.
Earlier, Modi arrived to a red carpet welcome and enthusiastic greetings from Indian nationals who crowded around him at Brussels airport.
“A red carpet at dawn. PM @narendramodi receives a warm welcome as he arrives in Brussels,” Swarup tweeted.
Members of the Indian diaspora waved Indian flags in greeting and also mobbed Modi for autographs. Brussels is the first leg of his three-nation tour of Belgium, the US and Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile , Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Maelbeek Metro station in Belgium where an Islamic State bombing last week left 20 people dead and more than 100 injured.
Modi paid tributes to the victims of the blast, who included an Indian techie from Infosys Raghavendran Ganeshan, at the subway in the Belgium capital.
Modi will hold a bilateral summit with Belgian Prime Minister and then attend the 13th India-European Union (EU) Summit. He will also address around 5,000 members of the Indian diaspora at an event later in the day. (IANS)