Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday left an everlasting impression on global powers on behalf of India at G20 summit in Germany's Hamburg. The day 1 of three-day conference of the industrialised and developed economies was favourable for India, as PM Modi made a strong case against Pak-grown terror and capacity building abilities of Indian infrastructure.
Rather crucially, he had an unscheduled meet with Chinese Premier Xi Jinping and had a discussion o a myriad of issues, including Sikkim standoff, and spoke on Gulf crisis and North Korea nuclear threat at BRICS summit.
Here are highlights of PM Modi's day 1 at Hamburg:
PM Narendra Modi arrives at Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall in Hamburg, Germany pic.twitter.com/Bw2w42FBsl— ANI (@ANI_news) July 7, 2017
- PM emphasizes that Skill India, Digital India, financial inclusion measures are India's own initiatives in consonance with SDGs
-PM stresses need to be forthcoming on climate change action and that developing countries must've enough room to grow
-PM proposes international coalition of countries that can identify tech, develop systems & build capacities, says India ready to lead
-PM speaks about India's initiatives for SDG targets through consistent roadmap for implementation and the National Review as per UN guidelines
-PM lead speaker at session 2 on Sustainable Dev, Climate&Energy. Emphasises need for cooperation in world of opposing realities
-PM speaks about tech facil'n, ODA commitments, infra, labour mobility &health, says #G20 needs to play a bigger role.
#8:00 PM: PM Modi at Session I on global growth and trade in Hamburg
PM : GST will create a unified market of 1.3 bn people and build resilience
PM: The rise in protectionism threatens gains from globalization. G20 must speak in one voice to support &sustain a regime of openness.
India's decision on demonetization has dealt a blow to corruption, boosted digitization and enlarged the formal economy: PM Modi
PM at Session I on global growth and trade: GST will create a unified market of 1.3 bn people& build resilience pic.twitter.com/bKO7C8uxHV— Gopal Baglay (@MEAIndia) July 7, 2017
PM.Growth& dev for all in India central to our pursuit of eco prosperity pic.twitter.com/akharSdSVx— Gopal Baglay (@MEAIndia) July 7, 2017
Naming Pakistan-based terror groups LeT and JeM, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said some countries were using terror as a tool to achieve political objectives and pressed for “deterrent” action collectively by the G-20 members against such nations.
Addressing the G-20 Summit, he equated Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed to ISIS and Al-Qaeda, saying their names may be different but their ideology is the same.
With leaders like US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping listening, Modi regretted that the international response to terrorism was weak and said more cooperation was needed to fight the menace.
The Indian prime minister presented an 11-point ‘Action Agenda’ which included suggestions for exchange of lists of terrorists among G-20 nations, easing and expediting of legal processes like extradition and concrete steps to choke funds and weapon supply to the terrorists.
“Some nations are using terrorism for achieving political goals,” Modi said in a clear reference to Pakistan.
He named LeT and JeM as terror operatives in the South Asia like Daesh (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda in the Middle East and Boko Haram in Nigeria. “Their only ideology is to spread hatred and commit massacres,” he added.
Regretting that the international response to terrorism has been “weak”, Modi said the nations are less networked in dealing with the menace while the terrorists are better networked.
#5:00 PM: PM Modi at BRICS gathering
- Speaking at the informal gathering of BRICS leaders, PMModi said the geopolitical situation in the Gulf, West Asia and in the Korean Peninsula is a matter of concern as he asked member nations to be a voice for stability, reform, progress and governance at the world stage. Modi said the ups and downs in the global politics and worsening security situation are affecting everyone.
- “BRICS has to be a voice of stability, reform, progress and governance at the world stage,” he told the presidents from BRICS nations - Michel Temer (Brazil), Vladimir Putin (Russia), Xi Jinping (China) and Jacob Zuma (South Africa). Modi said that the spread of terrorism is a threat for societies in Asia and Europe as he expressed concern over its increasing influence in the war-torn Afghanistan.
- In the Gulf, a group of Arab states including Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain has severed air, sea and ground links with Qatar, triggering a diplomatic crisis in the region where millions of Indians are working.
- The Prime Minister also voiced concern over tensions in the Korean Peninsula, saying it is a matter of concern.
- Modi’s remarks came in the backdrop of the US warning to North Korea that it would use military force in response to Pyongyang’s “reckless” launch of a ballistic missiles. The US also blasted China and Russia for “holding the hands” of the reclusive nation’s “vicious dictator” Kim Jong Un.
#3:44 PM: Modi meets Xi during G20 summit
Amid the standoff between India and China in Sikkim sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday met at the leaders' informal gathering in Hamburg, Germany. The two leaders discussed a range of issues, external affairs ministry spokesperson Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.
PM Modi and President Xi shook hands and had a conversation on a “range of issues” during the BRICS leaders’ informal meeting, he said. The conversation took place on the sidelines of the G20 Summit that began here today.
In a tweet, external affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said Modi and Xi discussed a range of issues.
“At d BRICS leaders’ informal gathering @ Hamburg hosted by China, PM @narendramodi and President Xi had a conversation on a range of issues,” the spokesperson tweeted.
PM leads the way on one of the most grave issues of our times, is leadspeaker on theme of terrorism at Leaders Retreat pic.twitter.com/1uTlfcGOMF— Gopal Baglay (@MEAIndia) July 7, 2017