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Updated on: September 25th, 2023

Dear Readers,

Keeping in view the Current Affairs questions asked in the competitive exams, today we are providing you the highlights of the International Visits made by our Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi in this year and the various Memorandum of Understanding(MoU’s) signed during his visit.

Prime Minister visited the following countries in 2016 –



  • Capital – Brussels
  • Currency – Euro
  • Visited on 30 March 2016
  • Important Events of the Visit –

1. Held talks with Belgian PM Charles Michel

2. Attended 13th India-EU Summit at the invitation of the President of the European Council, Mr. Donald Tusk and the President of the European Commission, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker.

3. Bilateral Foreign Policy Consultations institutionalized between India and Belgium

4. PM welcomed the progress under the MoU on renewable energy between the competent Belgian authorities at federal and regional levels and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of India

5. PM welcomed the technical activation of an optical infrared telescope in Devasthal in India, jointly developed by ARIES (Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences) of India and the Belgian company AMOS (Advanced Mechanical and Optical Systems) as a concrete demonstration of successful collaboration.


modi us march16

  • Capital – Washington DC
  • Currency – US Dollar
  • Visited on 31 March – 1 April 2016
  • Important Events of the Visit –
    1. Attended the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) aimed at preventing terrorist organisations from acquiring nuclear weapons or material.



  • Capital – Riyadh
  • Currency – Saudi Riyal
  • Visited on 2 – 3 April 2016
  • Important Events of the Visit –

1. Visit aimed at enhancing Energy, Security, Trade and well-being of Indian workers.

2. Modi conferred Saudi Arabia’s highest Civilian Honour, Sash of King Abdulaziz Sash

3. Following MOU’s were signed during the visit –

  • Agreement on Labour Co-operation between the Ministry of Labour of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India for Recruitment of General Category Workers.
  • Technical Cooperation Program between the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO).
  • Executive Program for Cooperation in the Field of Handicrafts between the Export Promotion Council for Handicraft (EPCH) in the Republic of India and Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.
  • MoU between Financial Intelligence Unit of India and Saudi Arabia concerning Cooperation in the Exchange of Intelligence related to Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing and Related Crimes
  • Framework for Investment Promotion Cooperation between Invest India and the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA).


modi iran prez

  • Capital – Tehran
  • Currency – Iranian Rial
  • PM visited Iran on 22-23 May 2016 at the invitation of President Hassan Rouhani.
  • Important Events of the Visit –

1. The visit was aimed at enhancing Connectivity, Trade, Investments, Energy Partnership, Culture and people to people ties.

2. Following MOU’s were signed –

  • India-Iran Cultural Exchange Programme  (CEP)  to extend it for the period 2016-2019 covering the areas of culture and art; radio, TV, mass media and cinema.
  • MoU between the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of India and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) of Iran on Policy Dialogue between Governments and Interaction between Think Tanks
  • MoU between Foreign Service Institute, MEA and the School of International Relations, Iran’s MoFA  aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two parties for training of diplomats and exchange of eminent speakers
  • Implementation Protocol between Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of S&T and Iran’s Ministry of Science, Research and Technology on Cooperation in the Fields of Science and Technology
  • MoU between Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Islamic Culture and Relations Organizations of the IR Iran
  • Bilateral contract on Chabahar Port for port development and operations between IPGPL [India Ports Global Private Limited] and Arya Banader of Iran.
  • MoU between EXIM Bank and Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization [PMO] on current specific terms for the Chabahar Port project
  • MoU between ECGC [Export Credit Guarantee Corporation] Limited of India and the Export Guarantee Fund of Iran (EGFI) supporting and encouraging foreign trade and foreign investment between India and Iran.
  • MoU between National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) and the Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) to explore the possibility of manufacturing aluminium metal by setting up of a smelter on joint venture basis in Iran .
  • MoU between IRCON and Construction, Development of Transport and Infrastructure Company (CDTIC) of Iran to provide requisite services for the construction of Chabahar-Zahedan railway line
  • MoU for cooperation between the National Archives of India and the National Library and Archives Organisation of the Islamic Republic of Iran



  • Capital – Kabul
  • Currency – Afghan afghani
  • Visited on 4th June 2016.
  • Important Events of the Visit –

1. PM along with President Ashraf Ghani jointly inaugurated the ‘Salma Dam’, an Afghan- India Friendship Dam on the river Hari in Chist-e-Sharif in Herat province.

2. Salma Dam project worth Rs.1775 crore was funded by Government of India and took more than ten years to complete.

3. PM awarded with the highest civilian honour of Afghanistan, Amir Amanullah Khan Award.



  • Capital – Doha
  • Currency – Qatari Riyal
  • Visited on 4th June 2016.
  • Important Events of the Visit –

1. Had talks with Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and PM Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani on bilateral issues  to strengthen economic ties and boost the hydrocarbon sector.

2. PM interacted with Indian Community members in Doha.

3. Following MOU’s were signed –

  • MoU between National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), Ministry of Finance, Government of India and Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) to establish framework for facilitating participation of Qatari institutional investors in Infrastructure projects in India under NIIF.
  • Agreement on Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters between the Government of India and Government of the State of Qatar
  • MoU between Financial Intelligence Unit – India (FIU-IND) and the Qatar Financial Information Unit (QFIU) concerning cooperation in the exchange of intelligence related to money laundering, terrorism-financing and related crimes.
  • MoU between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, the Government of India and the National Qualifications Authority/Supreme Education Council, Government of the State of Qatar for Cooperation in Skill Development and Recognition of Qualifications
  • MoU on cooperation in Tourism between the Government of India and Government of the State of Qatar.
  • MOU between India & Qatar for Cooperation in the field of Health the Government of India and Government of the State of Qatar.
  • The First Executive Programme for MoU in the field of Youth and Sports between the Government of India and Government of the State of Qatar


modi switzerland

  • Capital – Bern
  • Currency – Swiss Franc
  • Visited on 6th June 2016.
  • Important Events of the Visit –

1. Switzerland supported India’s bid to NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group) in the bilateral meeting held with the President of Swiss Confederation Johann Schneider Ammann.

We will shortly update the second part of this article containing the remaining visits.


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