Prime Minister & Belgium's King Philippe held talks to strengthen Bilateral ties

Posted by Daily Shipping Times on 08-11-2017        Tweet

Belgian King is accompanied by six Ministers and a high powered business delegation comprising CEOs of 86 Belgian companies

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Belgium’s King Philippe held talks to strengthen bilateral ties on 7th November.

Ahead of the meeting with Prime Minister Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on the visiting dignitary, who arrived here on Sunday on a week-long trip, his first state visit to India following his ascension to the throne in 2013.

Prime Minister Modi and the Belgian King, who is accompanied by six Ministers and a high powered business delegation comprising CEOs of 86 Belgian companies, held talks in Hyderabad House.

India is Belgium’s second largest export destination and third largest trade partner outside EU, according to official data.

In 2016-17, bilateral trade amounted to USD 13.28 billion. While exports from India to Belgium accounted for USD 5.65 billion, imports from Belgium accounted for USD 6.62 billion.

The visit will further strengthen the historical strong ties between the two countries, the Ministry had said ahead of the visit.