PM Modi, other BRICS leaders hold informal meeting on sideline of G 20 summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BRICS leaders held an informal meeting in Bunoes Aires on the sideline of the G 20 summit.

Prime Minister will also hold a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping . Mr. Modi is also expected to hold a trilateral talk with the US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Sinzo Abe. Later , he will address the first session of the G 20 summit.

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said Prime Minister will make a lead intervention in the first session of the summit, based on the theme – ‘Putting People First’.

His speech will stress upon the risks posed by oil price volatility, flagship programmes including Skill India, MUDRA Yojana, Digital India and GST among others.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the first day of his visit to Argentina, met the Saudi Crown PrinceMohammed Bin Salman.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have decided to set up a mechanism at the leadership level to scale up the oil-rich kingdom’s investments in energy, infrastructure and defence sectors in India.

After the meeting, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said, Prince Salman spoke of India as an important partner. Prince Salman said that Saudi Arabia will be finalising an initial investment into the National Infrastructure Fund.

Mr Modi also had a meeting with UN General Secretary, Antonio Gutteres to discuss India’s role in addressing climate change globally with specific reference to the forthcoming COP 24 meeting in Katowice Poland.

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