Traveling by night, business by day: deciphering PM Modi’s foreign visits before Quad

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As Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepares to leave for Tokyo to attend the Quad Summit tomorrow, one of his party leaders – Amit Malviya – has highlighted his travel pattern, prompting many to take a closer look.

But during his visits abroad, Prime Minister Modi has always followed a fixed pattern. The Prime Minister mainly embarks at night to save time. He then attends engagements and meetings the next day, then flies overnight to the next destination.

“PM Modi will leave for Tokyo on the night of May 22, arrive early the next morning and go straight to work. All in all, he would have visited 5 countries this month while spending a total of only 3 nights in these countries and 4 on a plane to save time,” BJP IT Unit Chief Amit Malviya tweeted.

During his recent trips to Germany and Denmark, Prime Minister Modi only spent one night in Germany and Denmark each. Likewise, when visiting Japan, he will only stay one night and return at night.

By making it a habit, PM Modi has managed to save time and resources on each of his trips abroad.

PM Modi is visiting Japan on May 23-24 to attend the Quad Summit in Tokyo. Quad refers to a strategic security dialogue between Australia, India, Japan and the United States.

Besides attending the Quad Summit, Prime Minister Modi will also hold bilateral meetings with US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his Australian counterpart. PM Modi will also engage with the Japanese business community and the Indian diaspora.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have a total of 23 engagements in about 40 hours of stay in Japan. He will interact with at least 36 Japanese CEOs as well as hundreds of members of the Indian diaspora.

QUAD SUMMIT

Speaking at the Quad Summit, Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra said it would give leaders an opportunity to take stock of progress made so far under the Quad and provide direction for the future.

“Quadripartite cooperation is rooted in shared values ​​and commitment to the principles of democracy, international law, rules-based international order as well as the vision of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific” , Kwatra said at a press conference.

“Since its first summit, Quad has been striving to implement a positive and constructive agenda with a strong focus on peace, prosperity and stability in the Indo-Pacific region,” he said.

He added that climate action would also be discussed. He said it was about creating a decarbonized green maritime transport network in the Indo-Pacific, using clean hydrogen and making it more accessible, in addition to pooling capacities to help Indo-Pacific countries in climate monitoring and information sharing.

Quad leaders are expected to deliberate on challenges and opportunities in the Indo-Pacific as well as pressing global issues during their summit talks on May 24 in Tokyo.

BILATERAL MEETINGS

During Modi’s bilateral meeting with Biden, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said the India-US relationship is multifaceted and has grown and deepened.

“Our long-standing cooperation in various fields ranging from trade, defence, security, climate and education to energy is on an upward trajectory. There is a regular exchange of visits and non-stop dialogue. only on the bilateral agenda, but also on regional and global issues,” Kwatra said.

“The Prime Minister’s meeting with Biden will mark the continuation of these high-level dialogues and provide direction and vision to move the relationship forward,” he added.

During Prime Minister Modi’s meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, the Foreign Minister said, “Japan is among our most important partners. Modi called the India-Japan relationship one of the most natural in the region. Over the past few years, the special India-Japan strategic and global partnership has gained great momentum,” Kwatra said.

“The meeting will be an opportunity to continue the high-level engagement between the two countries, as well as to advance the bilateral cooperation agenda,” he said.

ELECTIONS IN AUSTRALIA

During Modi’s planned bilateral meeting with his Australian counterpart, Kwatra spoke about the general election in Australia.

“We understand that the next Australian Prime Minister will likely attend the Quad Summit. The Prime Minister is expected to meet the new Australian Prime Minister in Tokyo,” he said.

On Saturday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison conceded defeat in the national elections, giving way to his successor Anthony Albanese, leader of the Australian Labor Party.

Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter to congratulate Anthony Albanese. He tweeted: “Congratulations Anthony Albanese on the victory of the Australian Labor Party and your election as Prime Minister! I look forward to working to strengthen our comprehensive strategic partnership and for shared priorities in the Indo-Pacific region.”

(With agency contributions)

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