Brussels attack to feature in Modi's India-EU meet

New Delhi: Brussels terror attack would be high on the talks agenda during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Belgium on Wednesday, during which he will also attend the India-EU summit.

Prime Minister Modi will visit Belgium, the US and Saudi Arabia during his five-day three-nation tour beginning on March 30.

"The recent attacks in Belgium will be the starting point of the prime minister's engagement in Brussels," a Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official said during a briefing ahead of the visit.

The March 22 terror attacks in Brussels, on Zaventem airport and the Maalbeek Metro station, claimed over 30 lives and left at least 270 people injured.

In Brussels, Modi will hold bilateral talks with the Belgian leadership and also attend the 13th India-EU summit. The last India-EU summit was held in 2012.

Modi will later travel to Washington, D.C., for the Nuclear Security Summit.

Earlier, PM Modi was likely to hold bilateral meeting his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif. However, the Pak PM has cancelled his visit to the US in wake of the Lahore terror attack.

"In view of the terrorist attack in Lahore, which took a heavy toll on the lives of innocent citizens of Pakistan and caused injuries to scores of people, the prime minister has decided to cancel his visit to Washington to attend the Nuclear Security Summit," a the foreign ministry statement said.

(With agency inputs)

News24 Bureau