Narendra Modi became the first Indian prime minister to have visited Ireland in 59 years. It was Jawaharlal Nehru who was the last Indian prime minister to have visited Ireland. During a joint press briefing with Ireland PM, Modi stated that he had a fruitful meeting with Mr. Enda Kenny. He added on to say that India and Ireland can form productive partnerships in in trade, economy, technology and other important areas.
PM Modi postulated that India can be Ireland’s anchor in Asia and similarly, Ireland can be India’s vital gateway to Europe and bridge across the Atlantic. Modi also asserted that Ireland will be celebrating 100 years of independence in 2016 and that India should participate in the celebrations. Modi was welcomed by Irish children singing Sanskrit shlokas. He criticized that secularists back home would have raised questions had this been done in India.
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