India defers PM Modi’s Brussels visit in view of coronavirus outbreak

Reports suggest two staff of the EU administration in Brussels have tested positive for the infection

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, lockdown extension, COVID-19, address nation, April 14
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had agreed during an interaction with various chief ministers that an extension of the lockdown was necessary to prevent further spread of COVID-19. File photo: PTI

India has deferred Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Belgium, which was scheduled for next week, in view of the global outbreak of coronavirus.

India and the European Union have decided to reschedule Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Brussels (Belgium capital) in view of advice by health authorities due to coronavirus outbreak, said the ministry of external affairs on Thursday (March 5).

“The decision has been taken in the spirit of close cooperation between the EU and India who share same concerns and commitment to global health and hope that the outbreak is contained soon,” said MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar at a press briefing.


Reports suggest at least two staff of the EU administration in Brussels have tested positive for COVID-19 and are undergoing treatment. Brussels is home to the EU headquarters and the de-facto capital of the 27-nation union.

Modi was scheduled to attend the next India-EU Summit at Brussels, which is aimed at expanding the strategic partnership. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had visited Brussels last month to prepare the ground for the prime minister’s visit.

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