From Brussels, PM Modi will leave for Washington to attend the Nuclear Security Summit on March 31 and April 1 and from there he will travel to Saudi Arabia on a two-day visit with a focus
on boosting energy and security cooperation.
    
In Brussels, PM Modi will attend the 13th India-EU Summit and in a pre-departure statement, he said it will advance multifaceted engagement across a whole range of sectors and described the 28-member bloc as a "vital trading partner".
    
On Saudi Arabia, PM Modi said India's relations with the Gulf nation were "special" and that "robust" people-to-people ties constitute a key component of the bilateral engagement. "I plan to work with the Saudi leadership to expand and deepen our bilateral relations."
    
PM Modi's visit to Brussels comes eight days after the deadly attacks on the city in which at least 35 people, including an Indian, died and over 300 were wounded.
    
"No words are enough to salute the resilience and spirit of the people of Belgium. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them in the wake of the horrific attacks in Brussels and share the grief of those who lost their loved ones," the Prime Minister said.
    
Besides attending the long-pending India-EU summit, PM Modi will hold Summit talks with his Belgian counterpart Charles Michel tomorrow to expand the existing ties in diverse areas, including in trade and investment.

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