PM not to visit Japan next month

NEW DELHI, June 18: 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 very important for the Prime Minister and is expected to be a path-breaking one, putting into action many ideas which Modi has been talking about since several months.

The Cabinet meeting, chaired by Modi here 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 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 path-breaking one, putting into action many ideas of the Prime Minister, which he has been talking about since several months, the sources said.

Japan is a very important country and the bilateral relationship is a priority for India as well as Modi personally, the sources said.

In continuation of the tradition of observing the multilateral foreign engagements committed to in advance by the Government of India, the Prime Minister may still travel to Brazil to participate in BRICS Summit to be held on July 15-17. (PTI)

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