Mapping globetrotting Narendra Modi's foreign trips
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accompanied by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, visits Bangladesh on June 6. The PM's 'historic' visit to the neighbouring country from today will help the two countries consolidate and deepen cooperation in key areas.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking selfie with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a visit to the Temple of Heaven in Beijing on Friday. Pic/PTI
Briefing reporters on Modi's two-day visit to Dhaka, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had on Friday said the two sides will exchange the instruments of ratification on the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA), recently passed by Parliament to settle the 41-year-old border dispute.
He said the passage of LBA with Bangladesh by Parliament has generated lot of goodwill and confidence and will help better management of the 4096-km-long border, most of which was porous, and help tackling issues of illegal migrants and trafficking.
After the implementation of LBA, India was expecting movement of people to the country and had made arrangements for the same, the Foreign Secretary said.
Both sides are likely to sign a number of deals including on enhancing connectivity to ensure greater people-to-people contact apart from flagging off the bus service between Kolkata and Agartala. A pact to supply diesel to Bangladesh has also been finalised and would be inked.
Talking about the Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicle Agreement, a sub-regional connectivity pact, Jaishankar said it is expected to be signed in "few weeks". While Teesta water sharing pact will not inked during Modi's visit, the issue of sharing of other river waters and waterways was expected to figure.
In the last one year, Modi has been abroad for 53 days during which he travelled to 17 countries in his quest to attract investment through the ‘Make in India’ initiative, and also to counter China’s clout in various parts of Asia. Some of them were the first time an Indian PM made a visit to e.g. Mongolia. The PM visited countries in Asia, North America, South America, Europe, and Australia.
Conspicuously missing from the list of his visits are the countries from West Asia i.e. the Gulf region.
With the interactive map below, you can take a whirlwind tour of Modi’s diplomatic visits in the last year.
List of places he's visited: