August 25, 2023
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in the historical city of Athens, Greece. He is there for a one-day official trip at the invitation of his Greek counterpart, Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The visit comes hot on the heels of the conclusion of the 15th BRICS Summit held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Indian Prime Minister’s arrival was met with enthusiasm and anticipation. As the Indian diaspora in Greece gathered to extend a warm welcome. The scene was filled with vibrant posters and spirited dancing to the tunes of patriotic songs, underscoring the camaraderie between the two nations.
Prime Minister Modi, prior to his departure for Greece, expressed his eagerness for the visit, highlighting the historical significance of this trip. He articulated, “This will be my first visit to this ancient land. I have the honor to be the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Greece after 40 years.” Modi further emphasized the importance of this visit in forging a new chapter in the multifaceted relationship between the two nations.
The diplomatic ties between India and Greece hold a rich historical background, with contacts dating back over two millennia. In contemporary times, these ties have been reinforced by shared values of democracy, rule of law, and pluralism. Modi remarked, “Cooperation in diverse sectors such as trade and investment, defense, and cultural and people-to-people contacts have brought the two countries closer.”
PM Set to discuss with Greek leaders
The Prime Minister’s schedule in Greece includes a ceremonial welcome in Athens, a visit to the tomb of the unknown soldier, and discussions with his Greek counterpart. The discussions are expected to cover various areas of partnership, and both leaders will address a business meeting. Additionally, Modi will engage with the Indian diaspora, further strengthening the bond between the two nations.
Notably, Prime Minister Modi’s trip to Greece follows the successful conclusion of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg. The Summit, which included the participation of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, was held in-person after a hiatus of three years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Reflecting on the event, Modi expressed his satisfaction with the outcomes and hailed the historic nature of the summit.
In a tweet, which was posted on X (formerly Twitter), Prime Minister Modi stated, “My visit to South Africa was a very productive one. The BRICS Summit was fruitful and historic as we welcomed new countries to this forum. We will keep working together for global good. My gratitude to President @CyrilRamaphosa, the people, and Government of South Africa for their hospitality.”
As Prime Minister Modi engages in discussions and exchanges with Greek leadership. Also during his one-day visit, the focus remains on strengthening bilateral ties and exploring avenues for cooperation in various sectors. So that it can benefit both nations in the years ahead.