PM made 36 foreign visits in 5 years with objective to foster closer relations: Govt

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi made 36 foreign visits during the last five years, with the objective to foster closer relations with foreign countries and promote India's engagements at regional and global level, the Parliament was told on Thursday.

"Such visits are an important means by which India serves its national interest and implements foreign policy objectives. These visits have enhanced understanding of India's perspectives on regional and global issues among foreign partners at the highest level. Understandings reached during these visits have enabled India to strengthen relations with partner countries and put forward India's viewpoint and shape the global agenda on global issues such as reformed multilateralism, climate change, transnational crime, terrorism, cyber-security, etc.," Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

The reply also disclosed details of the composition of delegations accompanying the Prime Minister in each of the 36 trips and expenditure incurred on those trips.

According to the reply, the maximum expenditure of Rs 23,27,09,000 was incurred on the Prime Minister's visit to the US from September 21 to 28, 2019. The delegation included nine members including External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, and NSA Ajit Doval.

As per the reply, the expenditures on account of the Prime Minister's visits to Bangladesh (March 26-27, 2021), the US (September 22-26, 2021), Italy and the UK (October 29 to November 2, 2021) were met from the budget head of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

As per the reply, there was no foreign visit of the PM between November 15, 2019 and March 26, 2021. Many Countries including India were in the grip of Covid 19 pandemic during this period.



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  • Alan, Mangalore/U.S.A

    Sat, Dec 10 2022

    All this was a massive waste of money that India could ill afford. moreover, all the countries that he visited have had a downfall of their president or prime Ministers, Trump was booted out so was Benjamin Nethanyahu from Israel. He visited Sri Lanka and Gotabaya was ousted. Panvathi whereever he goes. Boris Johnson too was booted out. What a tragedy. what a gross waste of money of insignificant things

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 09 2022

    Looking at the flip side, so what if Indian tax payers spent IRs. 23,27,09,000 on Modiji's foreign travel, just see how much of airmiles/reward miles he may have collected!!!😜

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 09 2022

    As if there were no relations with other countries. Only show.................

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  • Jossey saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Fri, Dec 09 2022

    India's best Foreign Minister ...

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Fri, Dec 09 2022

    Westerners run away from the wrong body huggers. Beggars can't be body huggers. Thousands of crores of tax-payers' money is lost just to satisfay the undesirable body hugs.

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  • Vinod Kumar, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 08 2022

    But why he went to Pakistan uninvited, secretly and without any official agenda??????. Modi went unofficially to China 6 times when he was only the CM of Gujrat?????…. How closer is the relation with these countries now?????????…All fake election campaign issues. Not result oriented. Waste of tax payers money.

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