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PM Modi Holds Delegation-Level Talks With Austrian Chancellor Nehammer

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Vienna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi engaged in delegation-level talks with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer at the Federal Chancellery in Vienna on Wednesday. The meeting, which included key officials such as External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra, marks a significant chapter in the bilateral relations between India and Austria.

PM Modi’s visit began with the signing of the Guestbook at the Federal Chancellery, followed by a ceremonial reception, during which Chancellor Nehammer accompanied him. In a post on social media platform X, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal commented, “Scripting a new chapter in bilateral relations. PM @narendramodi was warmly received by Austrian Chancellor @karlnehammer at the Federal Chancery and accorded a ceremonial welcome. This landmark visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Austria is taking place after 4 decades.”

Upon his arrival in Vienna, PM Modi was welcomed by Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, with Indian Ambassador to Austria Shambhu Kumaran also present at the airport. Reflecting on his arrival, PM Modi posted on X, “Landed in Vienna. This visit to Austria is a special one. Our nations are connected by shared values and a commitment to a better planet. Looking forward to the various programmes in Austria including talks with Chancellor @karlnehammer, interactions with the Indian community and more.”

The MEA spokesperson highlighted the historic nature of the visit, stating, “PM @narendramodi arrives in the historic city of Vienna on his first bilateral visit to Austria. Welcomed by FM @a_schallenberg at the airport. As the two countries are celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year, this momentous visit will add renewed momentum to India-Austria ties.”

On Tuesday, PM Modi attended a dinner hosted by Chancellor Nehammer, who expressed his pleasure and honor at welcoming the Indian Prime Minister. “Welcome to Vienna, PM @narendramodi! It is a pleasure and honour to welcome you to Austria. Austria and India are friends and partners. I look forward to our political and economic discussions during your visit!” Nehammer posted on X.

PM Modi, in response, thanked Nehammer for the warm reception and expressed his anticipation for their discussions. “Thank you, Chancellor @karlnehammer, for the warm welcome. I look forward to our discussions tomorrow as well. Our nations will continue working together to further global good,” Modi posted on X.

This visit is noteworthy as it is the first by an Indian Prime Minister to Austria in 41 years, with Indira Gandhi being the last to visit in 1983. PM Modi’s visit to Austria follows his two-day official visit to Russia, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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