PM Modi’s historic visit to Austria boosts tourism, cultural ties
1 min read

PM Modi’s historic visit to Austria boosts tourism, cultural ties

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Austria on Tuesday marked a historic event, making him the first Indian prime minister to set foot in the country in 41 years.

The visit highlighted the crucial role of the tourism and culture sectors, with both countries agreeing to boost tourism flows by expanding air connectivity, according to an official statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

The trip coincided with the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between India and Austria and saw Modi hold crucial meetings with Austrian leaders including Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen and Chancellor Karl Nehammer.

The two leaders welcomed existing cultural exchanges and noted a growing interest in Ayurvedic practices and yoga among Austrians. They also endorsed efforts to strengthen bilateral cultural ties in the arts, sports and other areas under a recently signed memorandum of understanding on cultural cooperation.

Focusing on skills development and mobility of qualified personnel, the leaders welcomed the operationalization of the bilateral agreement on migration and mobility, which aims to facilitate these exchanges while combating irregular migration.

Besides government-level engagements, Modi highlighted his meetings with business leaders from both countries, with a focus on strengthening trade and business ties, and shared updates on these discussions through social media posts.

(Disclaimer: With contributions from agencies.)