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PM Modi’s visit to Brussels deferred as India-EU Summit rescheduled in view of Coronavirus outbreak

The India-European Union Summit which was slated to be held later this month will now be rescheduled in view of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Briefing media in New Delhi, External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Raveesh Kumar said India and EU have decided to reschedule Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Brussels in view of the advice by health authorities.

He said, the decision has been taken in the spirit of the close cooperation between India and the EU who share the same concerns and commitment to global health and hope that the outbreak is contained soon. He also said, no case of any Indian being affected by Coronavirus in Iran has emerged.

The Spokesman said, Prime Minister Modi has accepted his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina’s invitation to attend Centenary Celebrations of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Mr Modi will be visiting Bangladesh to attend the celebrations.

On criticism by global bodies over the violence in the national capital, the Spokesman said, the situation in Delhi is fast returning to normal and law enforcement agencies are doing their best. Asked about comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Delhi violence, Raveesh Kumar said, these were driven by his political agenda.

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