PM Modi leaves for France .... Will attend G7 Summit

PM Narendra Modi

Manama, Aug 25: Ending his first-ever visit to the Gulf nation Bahrain, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday embarked on a visit to France to take part in the G7 Summit.

Modi was seen off at the airport by Bahrain's Deputy Prime Ministers Mohammed Bin Mubarak and Khalid Bin Abdullah.

"After the first-ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Bahrain, as a special gesture [email protected] is seen off by Deputy PMs as he emplanes for Biarritz, France, to participate in G7Summit as Biarritz Partner," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

Modi was in Bahrain as part of his three-nation five-day visit scheduled between August 22 and 26.

In his first leg, Modi visited France on August 22-23 and is returning to the country for the G7 Summit after completing his travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain.

Meanwhile, in a humanitarian gesture, the Bahrain government on Sunday pardoned 250 Indians serving sentences in the Gulf nation during the maiden visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the oil-rich country.

The prime minister expressed his gratitude to the Bahrain leadership for the Royal pardon.

According to official data, 8,189 Indians are lodged in various prisons in foreign countries, with Saudi Arabia having the highest number at 1,811 followed by the UAE at 1,392.

It was not clear how many Indians are lodged in jails in the Gulf kingdom.

"In a kind and humanitarian gesture, the Government of Bahrain has pardoned 250 Indians serving sentences in Bahrain," the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) tweeted.

The prime minister has specially thanked the King of Bahrain and the entire Royal Family for their kindness and the compassionate decision, it added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched the USD 4.2 million redevelopment project of the 200-year-old Lord Sri Krishna temple in the Bahraini capital during his two-day visit to the Gulf nation.

The facelift for the Shreenathji (Shree Krishna) temple in Manama will kick off later this year.

The USD 4.2 million redevelopment project will be on a piece of land measuring 16,500 square feet and the new four-floor structure covering 45,000 square feet will have an overall height of 30 meters.

Modi arrived here on Saturday, the first-ever by an Indian Prime Minister to Bahrain.

Agencies

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