On 30 March, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Brussels for the first leg of his three-nation visit to Belgium, the US and Saudi Arabia. Despite only being in Belgium for one day, Modi attended a number of meetings and events before leaving for the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC.
Alongside attending the India-EU Summit and holding talks with his Belgian counterpart, Charles Michael, Modi also addressed the Indian diaspora living in Brussels. The community event was organised by the Europe India Forum, who estimated that roughly 5,000 people turned by to hear the Indian Prime Minister speak.
The event resembled others that have been organised by the Indian diaspora living abroad during Modi's visit to their host countries. At the event in Belgium, a minute of silence was held in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the Brussels terror attacks one week earlier.
Ahead of his visit to Belgium, Modi commended the "resilience and spirit" of the Belgium people in the wake of the bombings. He added that India stood "shoulder to shoulder" with them and shared the grief of those who had lost loved ones during the "horrific attacks".