Prime Minister Narendra Modi set foot in the historical capital of Greece, Athens, on Friday afternoon.
He embarked on this remarkable one-day official trip at the personal invitation of his Greek counterpart, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
This visit held significance as it marked the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Greece in a whopping four-decade-long interval.
Brimming with anticipation, Modi expressed his eagerness to “open a new chapter” in the long-standing connection between India and Greece
Historic Ties Between India and Greece
Two ancient civilizations – India and Greece – share a long history dating back to more than two millennia.
In PM Modi’s own words, the ties that these lands share in contemporary times are “strengthened by shared values of democracy, rule of law and pluralism.”
These shared values, along with active collaboration in sectors like trade and investment, defense, and cultural exchanges, have drawn these two countries closer.
After receiving a ceremonial welcome, Modi paid a visit to the tomb of the unknown soldier, a quintessential landmark in Athens.
This was followed by restricted and delegation-level meetings with Mitsotakis. Furthermore, a business meeting was on the day’s agenda, where both leaders made their addresses.
An interaction with the Indian diaspora marked another highlight of Modi’s Greece visit.
The BRICS Summit in Johannesburg
Prior to his Greece visit, Modi concluded the 15th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. The BRICS Summit, involving Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, was conducted in-person after a pandemic-induced three-year gap.
Describing his South Africa trip as “very productive,” Modi thanked President Cyril Ramaphosa for the hospitable gesture extended towards him and his delegation.
PM Modi’s Whirlwind Visit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s single-day tour to Greece’s historical capital, Athens, is an example of strategic diplomacy and international relations.
His endeavors to foster bilateral ties, financing globalization, and promoting shared democratic values underline the strength of his leadership.
Not only did he rejuvenate India’s connections with Greece, but he also represented the nation at an international forum like BRICS.