However, the Dublin halt is special as Mr. Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister since 1956 to have stepped down in Ireland. In 1956, Jawaharlal Nehru paid his second visit (first was in 1949) to Ireland in the backdrop of the war that broke out in the West Asian region over the monopoly of the Suez canal. The dispute drew the UK, France and Israel into a war with Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser.
Mr. Modi’s visit to Ireland, however, is an acknowledgement of the recovery of the Irish economy from the devastating economic crisis that it survived just three years ago. Ireland has a significant number of Indian health professionals many of whom represent pharma majors like Reliance GeneMedix and Ranbaxy Ltd.
The External Affairs Ministry said in a statement that the present visit would provide an excellent opportunity to bolster economic relations between the two countries “as there are clear complementarities between our flagship programmes, in particular Skill India and Digital India programmes and Ireland’s proven educational institutions.”
Information technology, smart agriculture and food processing industry provide other areas for closer cooperation for mutual advantage.