PM Modi to meet Trump, others in Japan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today, arrived in Japan for the G20 Summit during which he will meet US president Donald Trump, French president Emmanuel Macron and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe for the first time after his re-election.

The G20 Summit, which is being held at Osaka on between June 28 and June 29, will be Prime Minister Modi’s sixth. “Early morning arrival in Osaka. The #G20 Summit, bilateral and multilateral interactions await PM @narendramodi in the coming two days. He will elaborate on many issues of global importance and present India’s viewpoint,” the prime minister’s office (PMO) tweeted.

“PM @narendramodi arrives at Kansai International airport in #Osaka to attend the #G20summit. Over the next 3 days, PM has a range of bilateral and plurilateral engagements to articulate India’s views on the global platform,” ministry of external affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar also posted on Twitter.

The Prime Minister said before leaving for Osaka that issues such as women empowerment, artificial intelligence and common efforts to address challenges like terrorism will be high on his agenda. “The summit will provide an important opportunity to reiterate and reinforce our strong support to reformed multilateralism, which is crucial for preserving rule-based international order in today’s fast-changing world,” Modi added.

The Osaka summit, he said, will also be an important stepping stone for India towards hosting the G20 summit in 2022 “when we usher in a New India in the 75th anniversary year of our Independence”. On the sidelines, Modi said, he “looks forward to engaging with leaders of our major partner countries on important issues of bilateral and global importance.

Modi will also join separate meetings of the Russia-India-China (RIC) and Japan-America-India (JAI) trilateral forums while attending the summit in Osaka, people familiar with developments said. The inaugural meeting of JAI was held in Buenos Aires last year. Modi will hold some 10 bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, including one with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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