Ahead of his visit to Belgium, Prime Minister Narendra Modi saluted the resilience of Belgians following the terror attacks in Brussels.
In a pre-departure statement, he said:
“No words are enough to salute the resilience and spirit of the people of Belgium. We stand shoulder to shoulder with them and share the grief of those who lost their loved ones.”
On March 22, attacks at the Zaventem airport and metro station in Brussels
killed at least 35 people, including one Indian national.
Wounded passengers make their way to safety at Brussels’ Zaventem Airport
PM Modi will be embarking on the tour of Belgium, the US and Saudi Arabia on March 29 night. He will return to New Delhi on April 3.
The Prime Minister, who will attend a bilateral summit with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel on March 30, said:
“Within the EU, Belgium is India’s second largest trading partner. My meeting with the prime minister aims to expand trade, investment and high technology partnership with this important EU member.”
He added that he and Michel will also remote activate the India-Belgium ARIES (Aryabhatta Research Institute
for Observational Sciences) telescope at Devasthal near Nainital.
While in Brussels, the Prime Minister will also address a community programme and interact with the Indian community there.
There are around 20,000 expatriate Indians in Belgium. Also, he will interact with the Board Members of the Association of Diamond Traders in Belgium.