The Union government on Tuesday informed the Rajya Sabha that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited 58 foreign countries in the past five years. The government said that an expenditure of Rs 517.82 crore was incurred on PM Modi’s foreign trips.
Minister of state for external affairs V Muraleedharan, in a written reply to queries in the Rajya Sabha, said: “Since 2015, the prime minister has visited 58 countries. Total expenditure on these visits was Rs 517.82 crore.”
Muraleedharan also clarified on the countries visited by PM Modi from March 2015 to November 2019. He also enumerated the details of the treaties and agreements signed by India during these foreign trips.
The Opposition has attacked the PM for his frequent foreign trips on several occasions. The Congress had often taken a dig at PM Modi by terming him as an “NRI PM”. During the World Tourism Day last year, the Congress has sarcastically criticised PM Modi by tweeting a collage of photos in which he was seen boarding and de-boarding Air India plane. The Congress had captioned the photo as Happy World Tourism Day.
The Congress party had criticised PM Modi for spending public money on foreign visits for self-promotions and selfies.
Outcome of the PM Modi’s foreign trips
Answering a question on the outcomes of the PM Modi’s foreign travel, the minister said that the visits have strengthened India relations with foreign countries across a wide range of sectors including trade and investment, technology, maritime, space and defence collaboration.
“Prime Minister’s interactions during his visits abroad have enhanced understanding of India’s perspectives on bilateral, regional and global issues by other countries,” he said.
“These in turn have contributed to India’s national development agenda to promote economic growth and well being of our people. India is now increasingly contributing to shaping the global agenda at the multilateral level including on climate change, trans-national crime and terrorism, cybersecurity and nuclear non-proliferation, and offering to the world its own unique initiatives for global issues like the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure,” he added.
India facing hostilities from neighbouring countries
India is facing hostilities from its neighbours. While the relationship with Pakistan has deteriorated, the face-off with China along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh has intensified with no resolution in sight. In fact, Nepal has also engaged in hostile behaviour with India over a border dispute.
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