Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his three-nation visit to France, the UAE and Bahrain on August 27, 2019. The visit concluded with an address to the Indian community in Bahrain. He was accompanied by a high-level delegation including External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and several other government officials.
During his visit, he held bilateral talks with the leaders of the three countries and discussed several issues, including business and economic ties, investments and strategic collaboration in the fields of defence, security, health and culture. He also conferred honorary Légion D’Honneur on the Indian Spiritual leader Satya Sai Baba.
In France, he attended the G7 summit and launched the International Solar Alliance with French President Emmanuel Macron. In the UAE, he held talks with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and discussed improvements in economic ties between the two countries.
He launched RuPay cards in the UAE after the two countries agreed to cooperate on financial services. This enabled Indian expatriates in the UAE to open RuPay accounts and withdraw money from nearly 1,000 ATMs in the country. He also inaugurated the Mahatma Gandhi monument in Dubai.
In Bahrain, he addressed the Indian diaspora and thanked the King of Bahrain for his support to Indian citizens in the country. He also signed several agreements to promote business ties between the two countries including an agreement for maritime transport. He also actively participated in a roundtable discussion and talked to business leaders regarding investments.
The Prime Minister’s visit to the three countries received a warm welcome from the leaders and helped enhance and strengthen the bilateral ties of India with these countries.