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PM Modi uses Pak airspace to travel to France

22 Aug 2019, 21:37 GMT+10

New Delhi [India], Aug 22 (ANI): For the first time after February's Balakot airstrike, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday used the Pakistani airspace to travel to France for a bilateral meet.

The airspace had been shut following the airstrikes by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on February 26. IAF planes had destroyed terror camps in Pakistan's Balakot area, following the February 14 Pulwama terror attack which killed over 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir.

The CRPF personnel lost their lives after their convoy was attacked by a JeM terrorist. India got a major diplomatic win after Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar was blacklisted by the UN Security Council (UNSC) on May 1.

During the first stop in his three-nation visit, PM Modi is slated to hold a bilateral with French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday evening.

On August 23, the leader will leave for a bilateral meet to the UAE on the second leg of his visit. He will hold a bilateral meeting with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan apart from his other engagements.

After this, on August 24, Modi will visit the Kingdom of Bahrain, where he is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Prince Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. He will also call upon the King of Bahrain Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and other leaders.

The Prime Minister will again be in France from August 25 to August 26 to participate in the G-7 Summit meetings at the invitation of President Macron. (ANI)

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