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Modi heads home after jubilant five-nation trip

Thu, Jun 09, 2016, 12:57 PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday left for home after wrapping up a brief visit to Mexico on the final leg of his five-nation tour, which also took him to the US, Afghanistan, Qatar and Switzerland.

"Thank you Mexico! A new era in India-Mexico ties has begun and this relationship is going to benefit our people and the entire world," Modi tweeted.

"Five days, five countries! After a productive visit to Mexico, the last leg of his journey, PM departs for Delhi," Minister of State for External Affairs Vikas Swarup tweeted.

The tour began on June 4.

Besides addressing a joint sitting of the US Congress amdist repeated standing ovations, Modi received the backing of two key Nuclear Suppliers Group members - Switzerland and Mexico - for its bid to secure the membership of the 48-nation bloc.

He also held wide-ranging talks with President Barack Obama at the White House following which the US recognised India as a "major defence partner".
Agency: PTI

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