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08 Nov 2017

Modi holds talks with Belgian king to strengthen bilateral ties

PM Narendra Modi met Belgium's King Philippe in New Delhi to discuss how bilateral ties could be strengthened.

The talks, held at Hyderabad House, included a high-level delegation which comprised of six Belgian ministers and CEOs of 86 Belgian companies.

A ceremonial welcome was also accorded to King Philippe and his wife, Queen Mathilde at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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Modi meets Belgium's King Philippe in New Delhi

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India is Belgium's second largest export destination

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India is Belgium's second largest export destination

India's bilateral trade with Belgium stood at $13.28 billion in 2016-17. Indian exported goods and services worth $5.65 billion to Belgium, while its imports stood at $6.62 billion.

India has emerged as Belgium's second largest export destination and is its third largest trading partner outside the European Union.

King Philippe's visit along with the delegation of CEOs indicates Belgium's willingness to boost bilateral trade.

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