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Modi Leaves for 3-Nation Tour; Seeks Ideas for his Visit to Australia

Ahead of his 10-day foreign tour Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited thoughts and ideas for his visit to Australia for which he has shared a webpage on Tuesday, for people to stay updated on his visit to Australia.

Modi has left for his three nation tour, which includes Myanmar, Australia and Fiji, on Tuesday, where he headed to visit the neighbouring country Myanmar first. Modi is scheduled to visit the capital of Myanmar, Nay Pyi Taw today and is expected to hold a meeting with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders during the ASEAN-India summit.

As per reports from IANS, he will also meet the leaders of the 9th East Asia Summit, which include the 12th ASEAN-India summit and seven others besides India, during the November 12-13 summits. Modi is likely to hold talks with Myanmarese President Thein Sein. Also, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that Modi will meet the opposition leader as well as Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, whom he will be meeting for the first time.

Suu Kyi is barred from contesting 2015 Parliamentary elections and was in house arrest, due to a provision in the Constitution. After being freed from her house arrest, she has visited India in November 2012.

On his micro blogging site, Modi has tweeted, “Summits, important bilaterals, meeting over 40 world leaders. Leaving for Myanmar, Australia & Fiji,” on Tuesday.

However, after Myanmar visit, Modi will be heading to Australia, where he will meet Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Canberra and will attend the annual summit of G20, which is all set to be held in Brisbane on November 15 and 16.

Meanwhile, Modi has tweeted, “Do keep sharing thoughts & ideas for the visit. Here is a great place to keep updated on the visit:http://international.narendramodi.in/australia_home/.

After the G20 summit, Modi is also likely to conduct “one-on-one meetings” with world leaders, including US President Barack Obama, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy Brey.

PM Modi is scheduled to travel to Fiji on November 19 and is expected to have talks with the leadership of Pacific nation reportedly.

As per reports from IANS, during his three nation tour, he would be meeting more than 40 leaders, including around 20 bilateral meetings with the leaders of China, Germany, Britain and South Korea.

However, during PM Modi’s absence in the country due to his10-day-foreign tour, Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be taken charge of all urgent government business and cabinet meetings.

(With inputs from IANS)

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