PM Modi Meets Belgium's King Philippe, Discusses Strengthening Bilateral Ties

PM Modi and the Belgian king Philippe, who is accompanied by six ministers and a high powered business delegation comprising CEOs of 86 Belgian companies, held talks in Hyderabad House.

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PM Modi Meets Belgium's King Philippe, Discusses Strengthening Bilateral Ties

King Philippe and his wife, Queen Mathilde, were given a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan (AFP)

New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Belgium's King Philippe today held talks to strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.

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

PM 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 the EU, according to official data.

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

"Sushma Swaraj call on His Majesty The King Philippe of Belgium. Engaging conversation on expanding warm and friendly bilateral relations," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

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

King Philippe and his wife, Queen Mathilde, were given a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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