Modi holds bilaterals with Abe, Trudeau on sidelines of G20

Modi holds bilaterals with Abe, Trudeau on sidelines of G20 (EDs: Updating with fresh inputs) By Barun Jha Hamburg, Jul 7 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi todayheld bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Japan,Shinzo Abe, and Canada, Justin Trudeau, along with informalinteractions with a number of world leaders on the sidelinesof the G20 Summit here.

Modi also had a brief chat with many top world leaders,including US President Donald Trump, British Prime MinisterTheresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and FrenchPresident Emmanuel Macron. At the BRICS leaders’ gathering here, Modi held informalmeetings with Brazilian President Michel Temer and SouthAfrican President Jacob Zuma. Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping also shook hands atthe BRICS meet and had a conversation on a “range of issues”.

The interaction between Modi and Xi took place amidstbilateral tensions over the Sikkim standoff. He later met Abe and Trudeau and discussed a host ofissues. “Today in Hamburg, PM Justin Trudeau and PM Narendra Modiaffirmed the strength of the bond between Canada and India,”the office of the Canadian premier tweeted. Regarding Modi’s meeting with Abe, the Ministry ofExternal Affairs said the two leaders reviewed the progress inbilateral relations, including in important  projects, sincetheir last meeting in Japan during the Indian prime minister’svisit in November 2016. Modi expressed satisfaction at developments in bilateralties.

He said that he looked forward to Abe’s forthcoming visitto India for the next annual summit and hoped it would furtherstrengthen their cooperation. A family photo of the BRICS leaders was taken earlier. Tomorrow, Modi will have bilateral meetings with head ofthe governments of South Korea, Italy, Mexico, Argentina, theUK and Vietnam. He will also participate in G20 sessions on -Partnership with Africa; Migration and Health; andDigitalisation, Women’s Empowerment and Employment. After attending the concluding session in evening, theIndian prime minister will leave for New Delhi.

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