PM Modi speaks to presidents of Egypt, Austrian, Qatar ruler

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the President of Egypt Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and conveyed greetings for Eid-ul-Fitr to his family and to the people of Egypt. Responding to the call, the Egyptian president referred to Egypt and India as being among the oldest civilizations in the world, and expressed happiness about the fast expanding bilateral relationship.

Prime Minister Modi expressed his appreciation for the support extended by Egyptian authorities for the safety and welfare of Indian nationals in Egypt during the Covid-19 crisis. Referring to his earlier planned visit to Egypt this year, which had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister conveyed his desire to meet President Sisi as soon as circumstances permit.

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Prime Minister Modi also spoke to Austrian President Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen. The Austrian President condoled the damage caused in India by Cyclone Amphan.  The leaders exchanged views on measures taken in their countries to manage the adverse health and economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.  They agreed on the importance of international collaboration to deal with the present challenges.

Both the leaders reiterated their shared desire to further strengthen and diversify India-Austria relations in the post-Covid world. The Prime Minister highlighted the opportunities for enhanced cooperation in sectors like infrastructure, technology, research and innovation, SMEs, etc.

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The leaders shared the hope that the world would soon overcome the current health crisis, so as to be able to focus on longer-term concerns like the health of the environment.

Prime Minister Modi had a telephonic conversation with Qatar ruler Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani and conveyed Eid-ul-Fitr greetings to the friendly people of Qatar.

Prime Minister Modi warmly appreciated the personal care taken by the Amir for ensuring the welfare of the Indian citizens in Qatar during the Covid-19 pandemic.  In turn, the Amir appreciated the contributions of the Indian community in Qatar, especially the role being played by Indian health workers.  Prime Minister highlighted the attention being paid by Indian authorities to avoid any disruption in the supply of essential goods from India to Qatar during the present situation.

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Prime Minister conveyed his warm greetings for the forthcoming 40th birthday of the Amir, and expressed best wishes for his continued good health and success.


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