PM Modi heads home after three-nation tour; says visit will herald a new era in India-Canada ties

New Delhi(WEB TEAM): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday wrapped up his three-nation tour of France, Germany and Canada during which a number of important agreements were signed, including for the supply of 36 Rafale fighter jets by France and uranium from Canada.

“I leave Canada with immense satisfaction. This visit will further enhance India-Canada ties. A big thanks to the people of Canada,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted before his departure.

“A special thanks to @pmharper — a fine host, a wonderful human being and a very dear friend,” Modi said in another tweet before heading home.

A special thanks to @pmharper- a fine host, a wonderful human being and a very dear friend. pic.twitter.com/HoMyB1hDdI

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 17, 2015

The Prime Minister’s aircraft will make a brief stopover in Frankfurt for refuelling before heading for Delhi.

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Bidding Good bye. PM @narendramodi departs Canada at end of 3 day visit. pic.twitter.com/fXL3bDhwNy

— Syed Akbaruddin (@MEAIndia) April 17, 2015

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper hailed the contribution of the Indian community in building a stronger, better and more prosperous Canada.

“This trip has been about Canada-India relationships, but it has also been about showcasing the tremendous contribution that Canadians of Indian origin, now 1.2 million, have made in helping to build a stronger, better and more prosperous Canada,” Prime Minister Harper said at the official dinner for Prime Minister Modi.

He added that the people of Indian origin had made a lasting contribution to Canada’s prosperity and cultural diversity.

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A special thanks to @pmharper– a fine host, a wonderful human being and a very dear friend.

The Canadian Prime Minister also recalled that his second visit to India was the longest trip any Canadian premier has made anywhere in the world.

“My second trip to India was the longest bilateral visit any Canadian Prime Minister has ever made anywhere in the world.

Our systems are rooted in freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law, federalism and pluralism,” said Prime Minister Harper.

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Earlier in the day, Modi said it was a historic trip that will herald a new era of cooperation between the two countries as he promised an early conclusion of a free trade agreement and a bilateral investment protection pact.

“The importance of a visit is not measured by length but by the objectives…This was a historic visit, not because that an Indian Prime Minister is visiting here after 42 years but because after 42 years, the clouds of distance have gone away in a moment,” Modi said at a reception hosted in his honour by his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper.

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Barriers have turned into bridges…I hope my visit will herald the beginning of a new partnership-PM @narendramodi pic.twitter.com/1FsLIZQed7

— Syed Akbaruddin (@MEAIndia) April 17, 2015

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Barriers have turned into bridges…I hope my visit will herald the beginning of a new partnership-PM @narendramodi

The thrust of Modi’s trip was on attracting investments and technology for development of India through the “Make in India” programme.

During his Germany visit, Modi inaugurated the Hannover Fair of which India was a partner country with a theme of ‘Make in India’.

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In Vancouver, @pmharper & I prayed at the Gurudwara Khalsa Diwan. pic.twitter.com/Ovuoo0eza1

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 16, 2015

France was the first destination of his nine-day tour.

During his stay in Paris, Modi held talks with President Francois Hollande and met business leaders.

An agreement was signed under which India will buy 36 Rafale fighter jets in flyaway condition from France and a decision was made to move ahead with the stalled Jaitapur nuclear project in Maharashtra.

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He then headed to Germany where he held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and announced that a mechanism will be established to facilitate investment and business from Germany as the two countries agreed to broaden bilateral economic cooperation.

Modi’s final destination was Canada where besides meeting business leaders and making stops at Toronto and Vancouver he held talks with his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper in Ottawa after which Canada agreed to supply 3,000 metric tonnes of uranium to India from this year under a USD 254 million five-year deal to power Indian atomic reactors.