PM’s Portugal visit cancelled due to Covid; India-EU Summit to be held virtually

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi (file pic)

New Delhi (NVI): In view of the severe Covid situation in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not be travelling to Portugal for the annual India-EU Summit scheduled for May 8 and it will now take place in a virtual format.

Accordingly, Modi’s planned trip to France, along with Portugal, also gets cancelled.

“In view of the COVID-19 situation, it has been decided, in consultation with the EU and Portuguese leadership, to hold the India-EU Leaders’ Meeting in a virtual format on 8 May 2021,” External Affairs Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said here today.

“The India-EU Leaders’ Meeting in the EU+27 format, the first time that such a meeting is being held, reflects the shared ambition of both sides to further deepen the Strategic Partnership,” he added.

India is witnessing a huge surge of coronavirus cases in the second wave which started a few weeks back. Because of this surge, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also announced yesterday the cancellation of his scheduled visit to India on April 26.