Modi meets EU leaders

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets members of the European Union and Belgian parliaments in his first official engagement after his arrival here on Wednesday

Modi Meets MP's of Europe and Belguim
Modi Meets MP’s of Europe and Belguim

“A parliamentary beginning! PM meets select members of the European & Belgian Parliaments for 1st engagement of day,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

Earlier, Modi arrived to a red carpet welcome and enthusiastic greetings from Indian nationals who crowded around him at Brussels airport.

“A red carpet at dawn. PM @narendramodi receives a warm welcome as he arrives in Brussels,” Swarup tweeted.

Members of the Indian diaspora waved Indian flags in greeting and also mobbed Modi for autographs.
The Indian prime minister  earlier visited the Maelbeek metro station in Belgium where an Islamic State bomb attack last week killed 20 people, including an Indian, and injured more than 100 men and women.

Modi paid tributes to the victims of the blast at the subway in the Belgium capital and laid a wreath at the site as a mark of respect for the dead.

Ceremonial honour before the commencement of Business at Egmount
Ceremonial honour before the commencement of Business at Egmount

Indian techie Raghavendra Ganesan was one of the victims at the metro station bombing. His death was confirmed by Belgian authorities only this week.

Modi arrived in Brussels on the first leg of his three-nation tour of Belgium, the US and Saudi Arabia.

The Prime Minister’s Office tweeted: “Early morning arrival for PM @narendramodi in Brussels. A series of meetings & interactions lined up for the day.”

On March 31, the prime minister will leave for Washington D.C. to attend the two-day Fourth Nuclear Security Summit being hosted by US President Barack Obama.

On his way back, he will visit Riyadh for a bilateral visit to Saudi Arabia on April 2-3.