Indian PM Narendra Modi to visit the US, Australia and New Zealand

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New Delhi, Dec 15 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the United States and Australia in the coming weeks, the Indian Prime Minister’s Office said on Tuesday.

“The two countries are very close neighbours and will play a big role in our bilateral relations,” PMO spokesman Vikas Swarup told PTI.

He added that Modi will travel to Australia to inaugurate a high-speed rail line between New Delhi and Adelaide and inaugurate an inter-state ferry terminal in Perth.

The two sides will hold an important joint-operation in the field of infrastructure projects in the US and Australia, Swarap said.

He said Modi would also meet US President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Modi, who is in the middle of a tour of Asia and the Pacific, is on a three-day tour of the United Kingdom and South Africa in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris.

“It will be an important visit by the Prime Minister to the US.

It will be a historic visit to the USA.

In India, there is a strong cultural connection between the two countries.

It is a natural opportunity for both of them to develop cooperation in infrastructure projects,” Swarop said.

Swarup said Modi will also hold talks with US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Turnbull at the White House on Dec. 21.

India’s first-ever bilateral visit will be held after Modi’s two-day visit to New Delhi last year.

Modi was inaugurated as India’s prime minister by then President Pranab Mukherjee in a ceremony at the Ganga River in New Delhi.

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