PM Modi pays tributes to Belgium terror victims at blast-hit metro station

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday visited the Maelbeek metro station in Belgium where an Islamic State bomb attack last week killed 20 people, including an Indian, and injured more than 100 men and women.

Modi paid tributes to the victims of the blast at the subway in the Belgium capital and laid a wreath at the site as a mark of respect for the dead.

Indian techie Raghavendra Ganesan was one of the victims at the metro station bombing. His death was confirmed by Belgian authorities only this week.

PM  Modi meets members of EU, Belgian parliaments

Modi met with select members of the European Union and Belgian parliaments in his first official engagement after his arrival here on Wednesday.

“A parliamentary beginning! PM meets select members of the European & Belgian Parliaments for 1st engagement of day,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

Earlier, Modi arrived to a red carpet welcome and enthusiastic greetings from Indian nationals who crowded around him at Brussels airport.

“A red carpet at dawn. PM @narendramodi receives a warm welcome as he arrives in Brussels,” Swarup tweeted.

Members of the Indian diaspora waved Indian flags in greeting and also mobbed Modi for autographs.

Brussels is the first leg of his three-nation tour of Belgium, the US and Saudi Arabia.

On his daylong visit to Brussels on Wednesday, Modi will hold a bilateral summit with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and then attend the 13th India-European Union (EU) Summit. He will also address around 5,000 members of the Indian diaspora at an event later in the day.

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