Prime Minister of Denmark Frederiksen visited Taj Mahal
Prime Minister of Denmark Frederiksen had landed at Airforce Station in Agra around 8.30 pm on Saturday. She was received by Uttar Pradesh Energy Minister Kant Sharma, who was accompanied by officials from the city and police administration.
After the welcome, Frederiksen departed for Hotel for the night stay. On Sunday morning, the Danish Prime Minister, her husband and a delegation arrived at the Taj Mahal in eco-friendly vehicles. There the guests were welcomed by local artists of the ‘Braj‘.
Frederiksen spent one-and-a-half hours inside the Taj Mahal with her husband and took interest in the history of the monument. In the visitors’ book, Frederiksen expressed thanks and said “This place is beautiful”.
After the Taj Mahal, the prime minister visited the Agra Fort at 10.50 am and explored the monument till 11.50 am. During the VVIP visit, Taj Mahal and Agra Fort were closed for two hours, according to an order of the Archaeological Survey of India, Agra Circle.
The Danish prime minister is on her first state visit to India. Aged 43 now, Frederiksen became the youngest woman prime minister in Danish history when she was elected to the post in 2019 — and only second woman ever to hold the post.
She arrived in the national capital on Saturday and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Indian Prime Minister received visiting Denmark Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on Saturday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi, where she was accorded a ceremonial welcome. Frederiksen arrived in New Delhi for her 3-day visit to India. Minister of state (MoS) for external affairs Meenakshi Lekhi received Frederiksen, who is on her first state visit to India, at the Delhi airport.
The Danish prime minister also paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat on Saturday.
During her visit, Frederiksen met President Ram Nath Kovind and had bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She will also interact with think tanks, students, and members of civil society. India termed Mette Frederiksen’s visit very important as she is the first head of state visiting India since Covid-19 restrictions are in place since last March. Minister of external affairs S Jaishankar had visited Denmark earlier this year.
India and Denmark have strong trade and investment ties. More than 200 Danish companies are present in India and over 60 Indian companies have a presence in Denmark.
There exists strong collaboration in the fields of renewable energy, clean technologies, water and waste management, agriculture and animal husbandry, science and technology, digitization including ICT, smart cities, shipping, etc.
The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World which is considered as the most photogenic destinations of India. It is one of the most exquisite structures ever built by any emperor. It was constructed by the fifth Mughal emperor in the fond memory of his favorite wife Mumtaj Mahal. The Taj Mahal in terms of architecture, is one of the most symmetrical structures in the world, constructed using pure white marble and adorned with precious and semi precious stones. The construction started in 1631 and got completed in 1653 AD; 20,000 workers worked day and night together for 22 years.