For the first time in forty years, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is making a historic trip to Greece.
He will conduct a daylong official visit after arriving in Athens. Greek students who received training in Bollywood choreography are getting ready to perform at an event for the Indian diaspora while dancing to the beats of the Oscar-winning song “Naatu Naatu.
This trip marks a crucial turning point in the development of diplomatic ties between Greece and India and underscores the improving connections involving Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Modi was enthusiastically welcomed upon his arrival in Greece on Friday by members of the Indian diaspora who had congregated outside the Hotel Grande Bretagne, where his delegation will stay during his one-day official visit. The enthusiastic Indian diaspora supporters can be seen cheering PM Modi on in a video released on X, formerly known as Twitter, as he passes by them whilst yelling “Modi Modi,” “Vande Mataram,” and “Bharat Mata ki Jai.”
As some of the diaspora residents dance to the accompanying ‘dhol’ sounds, he is also seen connecting with them by shaking hands and talking to them. “We are delighted that PM Modi has visited. The PM’s visit to Greece will undoubtedly improve Greece’s reputation here, according to an Indian businessman.
Today’s early arrival in Greece was part of PM Modi’s trip to the European nation to discuss ways to improve bilateral relations. From South Africa, where he attended the 15th BRICS Summit and met privately with a number of international leaders to further solidify India’s connections with those nations, Modi travelled to Athens, the capital of Greece.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis requested that PM Modi come to his country. Arindam Bagchi, the spokesperson for the MEA, stated later in the day that PM Modi would lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. After that, he will discuss it with the Greek Prime Minister, meet with business leaders from both countries, and meet with the President of Greece. The Indian community will be engaged by the leader of the nation before he travels.
In September 1983, when former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi visited Greece, it was the last time a high-ranking official made the trip. India and Greece have strong cultural ties that have become stronger in recent years thanks to collaboration in fields including maritime transportation, defence, trade, investment, and relationships with one another.
To explore how to improve and strengthen their partnership, Prime Ministers Modi and Mitsotakis will conduct discussions. President Katerina Sakellaropoulou is another person he is anticipating meeting. Throughout his day-long tour, he will also speak with business executives from both nations and the Indian community in Greece.