Modi meets world leaders at G20

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PM Narendra Modi met his counterparts from Singapore and Italy and invited them to visit India…reports Asian Lite News

On the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Bali, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met leaders from all over the world and discussed bilateral ties.

On Wednesday, Modi met his counterparts from Singapore and Italy and invited them to visit India.

During the meeting with Singapore’s Lee Hsien Loong, “the two leaders reiterated their commitment to further expand trade and investment linkages between the two countries particularly in fintech, renewable energy, skill development, health and pharmaceutical sectors”, a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said.

Modi also recalled his meeting with Prime Minister Lee on the sidelines of G20 Summit in Rome last year.

Both the Prime Ministers took note of the strong strategic partnership between India and Singapore and regular high level Ministerial and institutional interactions, including the inaugural session of the India-Singapore Ministerial Roundtable, held at New Delhi in September, said the PMO statement.

Modi invited Singapore to invest in various sectors including green economy, infrastructure, and digitalisation and to take advantage of India’s National Infrastructure Pipeline, Asset Monetisation Plan and the Gati Shakti Plan, it said

“Prime Minister Modi appreciated Singapore’s role in India’s Act East Policy and its role as the country coordinator of ASEAN-India relations from 2021-2024. Both leaders reiterated their desire for working together for furthering the India-ASEAN multi-faceted cooperation,” the statement added.

The Prime Minister also conveyed his best wishes to Lee for the future and invited him to visit India for the G20 summit next year.

Meanwhile, during his meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Modi congratulated her on becoming the first Prime Minister of the country

“The two leaders discussed the deepening of bilateral cooperation in various sectors including trade and investment, counter-terrorism, and people to people ties. They also exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest,” the PMO statement said

“Modi looks forward to celebrating 75 years of India-Italy diplomatic relations and welcoming prime minister Meloni in India next year for the G20 summit.”

India-UK Roadmap 2030

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met his UK counterpart Rishi Sunak on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali, where the two leaders expressed satisfaction at the state of the wide-ranging India-UK Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and progress on the Roadmap 2030 for Future Relations.

“The two leaders appreciated the importance of working together in bilateral and multilateral forums including G20 and the Commonwealth,” a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said.

This was the first meeting between the two leaders since Sunak assumed office last month.

Modi congratulated Sunak on assuming office.

The discussions between the two leaders touched upon important sectors of collaboration such as trade, mobility, defence and security.

Earlier on Wednesday, Sunak had cleared 3,000 visas for young professionals from India to work in the UK every year.

“India is the first visa-national country to benefit from such a scheme, highlighting the strength of the UK-India Migration and Mobility Partnership agreed last year,” a statement issued by the UK Prime Minister’s Office had said.

Ties with France, Germany

Prime Minister Modi and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Wednesday agreed to deepen trade and investment ties and further increase cooperation in the areas of defence and security, migration and mobility and infrastructure.

Both the leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali.

“The leaders discussed the wide range of bilateral cooperation between India and Germany, which entered a new phase with the signing of the Partnership on Green and Sustainable Development by the Prime Minister and Chancellor during the IGC,” a statement issued by the prime minister’s office said.

They also agreed to enhance cooperation and coordination in multilateral forums, including G20 and the UN.

This was the third meeting between Modi and Scholz this year. Their previous meetings had taken place during the prime minister’s visit to Berlin on May 2, 2022 for the 6th India-Germany inter-governmental consultations, which was followed by Modi’s visit to Schloss Elmau in Germany, as partner country for the G7 Summit at Chancellor Scholz’s invitation.

PM Modi also met French President Emmanuel Macron for a working lunch on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

The two leaders reviewed ongoing collaboration in diverse areas like defence, civil nuclear, trade and investment. They also welcomed the deepening of cooperation in new areas of economic engagement, a statement issued by the PMO said.

Regional and global issues of mutual interest were also discussed, the statement added.

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