Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday attended the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at the Buckingham Palace. He joined the Heads of Government from 52 other Commonwealth countries at a dinner hosted by the British Prime Minister Theresa May as a formal welcome to CHOGM.
The first one-hour Executive Session was held at the Lancaster House at 12:15 p.m. (Local time) followed by the second executive session at 2:30 p.m. (local time). There were various bilateral meetings held between Commonwealth leaders on the sidelines of the Executive sessions. Further, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni conducted a bilateral meeting.
Later, President Adama Barrow of the Gambia, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia, Prime Minister Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth of Mauritius, Prime Minister Danny Faure of Seychelles and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also met in the evening. This was followed by the executive session of the heads in London before they headed to Windsor for the CHOGM retreat, where the world leaders interacted on an informal basis. This concluded Modi's UK visit after which he will leave for India.
In a two-hour long interactive session 'Bharat ki Baat, Sabke Saath' at the historic Central Hall Westminster, PM Modi expressed his views on a range of topics from the recent Kathua and Unnao incidents, 2016 surgical strikes to the current state of democracy.
# 11:31 PM: Youth is the future of all our countries & sports helps in bringing people together & build the future generation. So with that objective, with the help of BCCI, we would be organising training for 30 boys and 30 girls under 16 age group in cricket: Ruchi Ghanashyam
# 11:30 PM: We're deeply anguished with the incident involving our national flag. Matter was taken up strongly with the UK side. They have regretted the incident. The flag was immediately replaced. We expect legal action against the people who were involved in this: Raveesh Kumar
# 11:15 PM: No meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister took place. There is no plan to have any meeting with him: Raveesh Kumar
# 11:04 PM: The overall objective of PM's participation at CHOGM 2018 signals our stepped up engagement with Commonwealth countries & India's desire to focus on development of commonwealth countries: Ruchi Ghanashyam
# 09:14 PM: PM Narendra Modi holds a meeting with his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull
Strength in similar values of democracy, pluralism and Commonwealth traditions! PM @narendramodi met with Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull on the sidelines of #CHOGM2018 and discussed issues of bilateral and multilateral cooperation. pic.twitter.com/Oyben3G5BY— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) April 19, 2018
# 08:47 PM: PM Narendra Modi meets PM of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina on the sidelines of CHOGM 2018 in London.
Neighbourhood first! Connecting with a neighbour and a close friend, PM @narendramodi and Prime Minister of Bangladesh Mrs. Sheikh Hasina had a productive exchange of views on various issues of bilateral interest on the sidelines of #CHOGM18. pic.twitter.com/xbQcBxPtCs— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) April 19, 2018
# 07:46 PM: PM Modi meets Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth and Gambia President Adama Barrow on the sidelines of CHOGM 2018 in London
Cementing our historic and close friendship with Mauritius! On the sidelines of #CHOGM18, PM @narendramodi and Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth talked about cooperation in trade and investment, maritime cooperation and people-to-people ties. pic.twitter.com/0GJoTX0t8J— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) April 19, 2018
# 07: 45 PM: PM Modi and Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, Keith C. Rowley had a useful exchange of views on deepening bilateral relations
Bridging distance connecting with history! PM @narendramodi and Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, Keith C. Rowley had a useful exchange of views on deepening bilateral relations on the sidelines of the #CHOGM18 in London. pic.twitter.com/IwdYz5TJ1I— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) April 19, 2018
# 07: 39 PM: PM Modi and President of Seychelles, Danny Faure met on the sidelines of CHOGM 2018
Friend in an extended neighbourhood! PM @narendramodi and President of Seychelles, Danny Faure met on the sidelines of #CHOGM18 and discussed cooperation in areas of trade and investment and other bilateral issues. pic.twitter.com/REUhbyZXtV— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) April 19, 2018
# 07:35 PM: PM Modi and President of Gambia, Adama Barrow met on the sidelines of CHOGM 2018 and discussed steps to deepen partnership.
# 07:30 PM: PM Modi meets Prime Minister of Fiji Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of St. Lucia Allen Chastanet and Prime Minister of Solomon Islands Rick Houenipwela on the sidelines of CHOGM 2018
Sharing coffee, laughter and a vision! Pull-aside meetings with Prime Minister of Fiji Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of St. Lucia Allen Chastanet and Prime Minister of Solomon Islands Rick Houenipwela on the sidelines of #CHOGM2018. pic.twitter.com/z8XR9sMul8— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) April 19, 2018
# 07: 27 PM: PM Modi meets President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni on the sidelines of CHOGM 2018
Meeting between friends! Keeping up with the traditional of frequent high level interactions, PM @narendramodi and President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni met on the sidelines of #CHOGM2018. pic.twitter.com/JF6m5WL3L2— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) April 19, 2018
# 07:25 PM: PM Modi meets President of Kiribati Taneti Maamau and Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda Gaston Browne on the sidelines of CHOGM 2018 in London
Shared vision common dreams! PM @narendramodi interacting with President of Kiribati Taneti Maamau and Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda Gaston Browne on the sidelines of #CHOGM18 in #London. pic.twitter.com/KApA4oLhPw— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) April 19, 2018
# 07:22 PM: Her Majesty and His Royal Highness meet the New Head of Government for Pakistan, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, St Lucia, Tonga and Vanuatu
# 07:21 PM: The Queen and The Prince meet Heads of Government for The Bahamas, Botswana, The Gambia, Ghana, Jamaica, Kiribati, Mauritius and New Zealand
# 05:43 PM: PM Modi meets Uganda President Yoweri Museveni on the sidelines of CHOGM 2018
# 04:37 PM: Commonwealth leaders joins The Queen and Patricia Scotland at the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 at Buckingham Palace
# 03:50 PM: Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat speaks at the opening of CHOGM 2018 as Malta passes over the chair-in-office of the Commonwealth to the UK.
# 03:30 PM: UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland address leaders and members of The Royal Family at the formal opening
# 03:20 PM: Prince of Wales formally opens the meeting, saying "The modern Commonwealth has a vital role to play in building bridges between our countries, fairer societies within them and a more secure world around them."
# 03:00 PM: PM Narendra Modi arrives for CHOGM 2018, received by PM Theresa May and Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Patricia Scotland