Monthly Current Affairs September 2016 “FOREIGN VISITS” key points to Remember.

PM Visit to Vietnam and China India and Vietnam signed 12 agreements, signalling a strong upward push in their strategic ties in the field of defence, IT, space, double taxation and sharing white shipping information.

India grants $500 million to Vietnam to bolster defence ties andIt is noted that the Prime Minister also announced a grant of $5 million for the establishment of a Software Park in the Telecommunications University in Nha Trang.PM Modi presented with a hand-painted oil-painting of himself by a Chinese painter and Chinese translations of ancient Indian texts including Bhagavad Gita and essays of Swami Vivekananda

Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Sri Lanka and Canada Visit: Sri Lanka Visit – September 26-27

During the visit, a meeting of the India-Sri Lanka Business Forum was held which was attended by the Commerce and Industry Minister and Mr Malik Samarawickrama, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade of Sri Lanka.

India will invest up to $2 billion in Sri Lanka over the next four years in a range of sectors including real estate, energy and infrastructure.

Canada Visit – September 29 – 30: The Minister attended 3rd Annual Ministerial Dialogue held on 29th September 2016 at Toronto, Canada.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi Arrives in India for Three-Day Visit

• Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on a three-day visit to India and to hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi with an aim to step up engagement in areas of security, counter-terrorism and trade. It is noted thatIndia and Egypt have a strong economic relationship.

PM Modi & Egyptian President signed maritime transport agreement and India and Egypt decided to step up their overall defence and security cooperation to tackle the twin challenges of terrorism and radicalisation besides enhancing economic and trade engagements thereby signalling a major shift in ties

Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’arrived in New Delhi for a three-day state visit to India. The major agreements sealed between the Indian and Nepali delegations included upgrade of road network in Nepal and two line of credit agreements between Nepal and the Exim Bank.

India and Nepal signed three agreements including improvement of road network to cement ties between the two neighbors.

The two countries signed MoU for project management consultancy services for up gradation and improvement of road infrastructure in Terai area of Nepal.

India also gave 750 million dollar line of credit for post earthquake reconstruction of the Himalayan nation

Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda is visited Jhakri town in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh to inspect Asia’s biggest underground Nathpa-Jhakri hydro-power project.The project has a power generation capacity of 1500 megawatt.

Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh concluded his three day Israel Visit. The Union Minister led a four member official delegation to Israel to deepen bilateral engagement in agriculture.