Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and South Korean President Moon Jae-in and discussed ways to boost bilateral ties and cooperation at the global level.
The bilateral meetings took place on the sidelines of the G20 Summit here in this German port city.
Later in the day, Modi is to hold such meetings with heads of Mexico, Argentina, the UK and Vietnam.
Besides, he will participate in G20 sessions on Partnership with Africa, Migration and Health; and Digitalization, women’s empowerment and employment.
After attending the concluding session later in the evening, he will leave for New Delhi.Highlights of PM Modi’s meetings and remarks at G20 Summit, day 2:
#PM Modi's intervention in session 4 on Digitalisation, Women’s Empowerment and Employment
-Borderless digital world represents opportunities but also risks
-PM speaks of India’s journey to low-cost world-class tech.Highlights adoption of integrated approach under National Cyber Security Policy
-PM expresses strong personal conviction for gender empowerment.Says that there is no real growth w/o empowering women
#PM addresses session 3 on partnership with Africa, Migration and Health
-PM highlights India's multi-layered dev partnership w/Africa as priority and policy, including building capacity & improving social, physical & IT infra
-PM mentions India's new health policy against emerging challenge of Anti-Microbial Resistance @swachhbharat & yoga for preventive healthcare
-PM says that dealing with forced external migration calls for debate & cooperative policy framework.Must distinguish it from legal migration
#Meeting Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyễn Xuân Phúc
#Meeting with Thersa May and request for Mallya's extradition (Read full story here)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday pressed upon his British counterpart Theresa May to ensure UK’s cooperation to bring back economic offenders. Mallya has been in the UK for months, escaping arrest warrants against him, while a court in London is also hearing a case regarding his return to India. Modi today met May during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit here and sought UK’s help in this regard. Both leaders also talked about the complete range of India-UK ties.
#Trump approaches Modi for ‘impromptu chat’
As G20 leaders continued their Summit discussions for the second day, US President Donald Trump on Saturday walked up to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “an impromptu interaction”.
Arvind Panagariya, sherpa for India at the Summit, tweeted about the “interaction”, along with pictures of the two leaders and others just before start of the second day of working sessions of the G20 Summit ending on Saturday.
“In an impromptu interaction at the G20 Summit, POTUS (President of the US) waves to the PM, walks to him, other leaders gather around. Gr8 moments,” Panagariya tweeted.
He further described the interaction as “some memorable moments just before the second day of the G20 Summit begins”.
Panagariya, also the vice-chairman of government think-tank Niti Aayog, is representing India in the negotiations for the leaders’ communique.
Besides a series of bilateral meetings, Modi had brief chats with various leaders at the Summit, including with IMF chief Christine Lagarde and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
In an impromptu interaction at G20 Summit, POTUS waves to the PM, walks to him, other leaders gather around. Gr8 moments pic.twitter.com/LzvLlfqaB2— Arvind Panagariya (@APanagariya) July 8, 2017
#Inviting Norwegian investment:
The prime minister has invited Norwegian pension funds to invest in the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund as he met Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who gifted him a symbolic football.
Modi and Solberg discussed bilateral matters, especially strengthening of economic relations. Prime Minister Modi invited participation of Norwegian pension funds in the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund.
The prime minister of Norway invited India to participate in the Oceans’ Conference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). In a gesture symbolising cooperation for attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Prime Minister Solberg presented to Prime Minister Modi, at the end of the meeting, a football with SDGs inscribed on it.
#Meeting with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in
Continuing his series of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, Modi also met South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Italy’s Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. He held a bilateral meeting with President of Argentina Mauricio Macri.
Modi congratulated in person Moon on his victory in presidential elections while the South Korean President recalled the prime minister’s congratulatory phone call and tweet in Korean language, saying it was warmly received by the people of South Korea.
Both leaders expressed their commitment to further develop the special strategic partnership between India and South Korea, particularly through participation in programmes such as Make in India, Digital India and Start up India, the Ministry or External Affairs said.
The prime minister invited President Moon to visit India at an early date. The invitation was accepted, the MEA said.
#Meeting with Italy’s Prime Minister Gentiloni
Modi’s discussions with Italy’s Prime Minister Gentiloni focused on promoting bilateral relations, particularly trade and investment and people-to-people ties.
Prime Minister Modi invited Italy’s participation in World Food India - the food processing exhibition to be held in India in November this year.
The two leaders stressed on the significance of promoting interaction between medium enterprises of the two countries for strengthening bilateral economic cooperation. The prime minister of Italy appreciated Indian investments in his country, including in the industrial sector.
The two also discussed ways and means to work together for providing sustainable solutions to prevent climate change and promote development in Africa.
About the meeting with Abe today, the Ministry of External Affairs said the two leaders briefly reviewed progress in bilateral relations, including in important projects, since their last meeting in Japan during Modi’s visit in November 2016. Prime Minister Modi expressed satisfaction in developments in bilateral relations since then.
The prime minister said he looked forward to Prime Minister Abe’s forthcoming visit to India for the next Annual Summit and hoped that it would further strengthen their cooperation.