Modi’s Japan Visit Postponed

NEW DELHI (TIP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s expected visit to Japan next month has been deferred till after the Budget session of Parliament ends in early August. The decision has been taken in view of the Budget Session which is expected to be a pathbreaking one, putting into action many ideas which PM Modi has been talking about since several months.The Cabinet meeting, chaired by PM Modi in New Delhi this evening, decided to recommend the convening of the Budget session in the first week of July, sources said.

The Prime Minister was expected to visit Japan during early July, given the strong strategic, economic and cultural foundations of the bilateral relationship. “However, in view of the ensuing Budget session, it seems unlikely that he will be able to visit Japan before the same,” the sources said. Reports had suggested that PM Modi would be visiting Japan on July 3-4.

The sources said the Prime Minister, however, remains keen to make Japan his first major bilateral visit and it is learnt that the visit to that country will take place any time after the Parliament session. This session of Parliament is very important for the Prime Minister as this will see the presentation of the first budget of the newly-formed government. The Budget is expected to be a pathbreaking one, putting into action many ideas of the Prime Minister, which he has been talking about since several months, the sources said.


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