PM Modi receives ceremonial guard of honour in Vienna, signs guestbook

Upon his arrival, the Indian Prime Minister was welcomed by Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg | (Photo: Reuters)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a state visit to Austria, received a ceremonial guard of honour at the Federal Chancellery in Vienna on Wednesday. Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer accompanied Prime Minister Modi, who also signed the guest book at the Federal Chancellery.

Prime Minister Modi arrived in Austria from Moscow on Wednesday (local time) after a two-day visit to Russia.

On his arrival here, the Indian Prime Minister was welcomed by Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg. Indian Ambassador to Austria Shambhu Kumaran was also present at the airport.

On his trip to X, PM Modi said, “Landed in Vienna. This visit to Austria is special. Our countries are bound by shared values ​​and a commitment to a better planet. Looking forward to the various programmes in Austria including talks with Chancellor @karlnehammer, interactions with the Indian community and more.”

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said this was Prime Minister Modi’s first bilateral visit to Austria.

“PM @narendramodi arrives in the historic city of Vienna on his maiden bilateral visit to Austria. Welcomed by FM @a_schallenberg at the airport. As the two countries celebrate 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year, this momentous visit will give fresh impetus to India-Austria ties,” Randhir Jaiswal said on X.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Modi attended a dinner hosted by Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer.

In a post on X, Nehammar said: “Welcome to Vienna, Prime Minister @narendramodi! It is a pleasure and an honour to welcome you to Austria. Austria and India are friends and partners. I look forward to our political and economic discussions during your visit!”

Prime Minister Modi thanked Nehammar for his warm welcome and said he looked forward to the talks.

In a message on X, Prime Minister Modi said: “Thank you, Chancellor @karlnehammer, for the warm welcome. I also look forward to our discussions tomorrow. Our countries will continue to work together to advance global good.”

The last visit of an Indian Prime Minister to Austria was that of Indira Gandhi in 1983.

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First print: Jul 10, 2024 | 3:02 PM IST