Modi meets world leaders at G7 summit


PM Modi attended the summit along with leaders of Argentina, Indonesia, Senegal and South Africa, as five invitees to the summit….reports Asian Lite News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met with French President Emmanuel Macron at Schloss Elmau in Germany, on the sidelines of the Group of Seven (G7) Summit.

The meeting between PM Modi and President Macron came a month after the two leaders met in Paris.

“A strategic partnership for the ages between India and France, led by two leaders PM @narendramodi and President @EmmanuelMacron with great belief in the value of this partnership for a better world. Meeting in Germany after their May meeting in Paris,” said Jawed Ashraf, Ambassador of India to France and Monaco.

PM Modi attended the summit along with leaders of Argentina, Indonesia, Senegal and South Africa, as five invitees to the summit.

“Friendship at the highest level: President @EmmanuelMacron and Prime Minister @narendramodi at a crucial #G7 summit for collective decisions on global challenges and world stability,” said French envoy to India Emmanuel Lenain.

India and France have traditionally close and friendly relations.

The areas of Defence and Security cooperation, Space cooperation and Civil nuclear cooperation constitute the principal pillars of our Strategic Partnership with France.

India and France are increasingly engaged in new areas of cooperation like security in the Indian Ocean region, climate change including the International Solar Alliance, and sustainable growth and development among others.

India and France share a close degree of convergence on a range of regional and global issues. In the economic domain, while there exists vast potential, French economic capacities, its business and industry, its capital and technologies have forged linkages with Indian economy and India’s developmental goals.

Modi meets Indonesian President Joko Widodo

On the sidelines of the G7 Summit on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo to strengthen the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between both countries.

“PM @narendramodi and President @jokowi had a productive meeting. Their talks will add strength to the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between India and Indonesia,”The office of the Prime Minister said today.

“Both leaders also discussed ways to boost connectivity and business linkages,” it added.

Indonesia is the first country with which India has adopted a shared vision of maritime cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

A Comprehensive Strategic Partnership was established in May 2018 during PM Modi’s visit to Indonesia. President Widodo was among one of the Chief Guests invited for India’s Republic Day celebrations in Delhi in

Both leaders last met on the sidelines of the G20 Rome Summit in 2021. Indonesia is the second-largest trading partner of India in ASEAN region. The Bilateral trade of over USD 26 billion between 2020 to 2021. India and Indonesia also share cultural civilizational linkages.

The 9th century Borobudur Buddhist temple and Prambanan Shiva temple are examples of the shared cultural heritage.

Ramayana and Mahabharata are key inspirations for Indonesian folk art. Around 8,500 Indians in Indonesia engaged in qualified professions like Chartered Accountants, Software Professionals, Teachers, Engineers.

Prime Minister Modi is attending this year’s summit being held under the German Presidency. India is among the five partner countries invited to attend the G7 Summit.

With Germany’s Olaf Scholz

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on the sidelines of the Group of Seven (G7) summit at Schloss Elmau in Germany and deliberated on areas of cooperation including commerce and energy.

“Excellent meeting with @Bundeskanzler Scholz. Thanked him for the warm hospitality during the @G7 Summit. We discussed cooperation in key sectors like commerce and energy. We also had deliberations on furthering environmentally friendly growth for our planet,” PM Modi tweeted.

The leaders of the G7 nations, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Monday held discussions on the impact of Russia’s war on food and energy supplies including the global economy and said the bloc is determined to support Ukraine in producing and exporting grain, oil, and other agricultural products as well as to address the causes of the evolving global food crisis.

On Sunday the Chancellor welcomed the heads of state and government of the G7 to the summit under the German presidency.

“We are united by our view of the world. We are also united by our belief in democracy and the rule of law,” said Chancellor Scholz at the beginning of the summit.

In a first working session on Sunday, the heads of state and government of the G7 discussed global economic issues.

“All G7 countries are concerned about the crises that are currently to be overcome — falling growth rates in some countries, rising inflation, shortages of raw materials and disruption to supply chains. These are no small challenges and it is therefore important to share responsibility,” said Scholz.

India and Germany established a strategic partnership in 2000. In 2011, the two countries launched Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC), for a comprehensive review of the cooperation and identification of new areas of engagement between the two countries. The heads of governments of both countries along with multiple ministers from both sides participated in IGC.

Notably, India is among a select group of countries with which Germany has such a unique biennial dialogue mechanism for the government of both countries to coordinate across a spectrum of bilateral matters.

in May 2022, the two countries held the 6th IGC with the intent of establishing a Green and Sustainable Development Partnership.

During the IGC, the two countries agreed to develop the Indo-German Green Hydrogen Taskforce and established Indo-German Renewable Energy Partnership focusing on innovative solar energy and other renewables.

Besides, the two nations decided to establish lighthouse cooperation on Agroecology and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources to benefit the rural populations and small-scale farmers in India. They also decided upon ways to deepen cooperation in restoring forest landscapes and sustainable use of green technologies.

Speaking of the economic ties, Germany is India’s largest trading partner in Europe. The two countries had a bilateral trade worth USD 24.84 billion in 2021-22. Germany is also one of the largest Foreign Direct Investment sources for India with total a total FDI of over USD 13 billion between April 2000-March 2022.

Over 1,700 German companies operate in India and more than 213 Indian companies operate in Germany.

PM Modi arrived in Munich on Sunday to attend the G7 summit where he will hold meetings with G7 and partner countries to hold discussions on issues ranging from environment and energy to counter-terrorism.

On reaching Germany, the Prime Minister interacted with the Indian community in Germany at the Audi Dome, Munich. Thousands of members of the vibrant Indian community in Germany participated in the event.

He highlighted India’s growth story and mentioned various initiatives undertaken by the government to further achieve the country’s development agenda. He also lauded the contribution of the diaspora in promoting India’s success story and acting as brand ambassadors for India’s success.

In his address to the Indian diaspora, PM Modi said, “Today’s India has come out of the mentality of ‘it happens, it runs like this’. Today India takes a pledge to have to do, have to do, and have to do on time,” he said.

Modi holds talks with EU chief

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on Monday and held productive discussions on the sidelines of the Group of Seven (G7) Summit.

Both leaders reviewed India-EU cooperation in trade, investment, climate action and welcomed the resumption of negotiations on the Trade, Investment and GI Agreements.

“Productive discussions held between PM @narendramodi and President @EU_Commission @vonderleyen on the margins of G7. Reviewed India-EU cooperation in trade, investment, technology, and climate action. Welcomed resumption of negotiations on the Trade, Investment and GI Agreements,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) tweeted.

The Prime Minister held an “outstanding” meeting with the EU chief during which they discussed important issues including efforts to combat climate change and ways to boost digital cooperation.

“President @EU_Commission @vonderleyen and I had an outstanding meeting earlier today. We discussed ways to deepen investment linkages, efforts to combat climate change, boosting digital cooperation and other important issues,” PM Modi tweeted.

Earlier, PM Modi and President von der Leyen agreed to launch the India-EU Trade and Technology Council at their meeting in New Delhi on April 25.

During the bilateral talks, both sides reviewed the progress in , implementing the India-EU Roadmap 2025 and the outcomes of the India-EU Leaders’ Meeting in May 2021.

Modi, Trudeau discuss bolstering trade ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau and agreed to expand trade and economic linkages as the two leaders took stock of India-Canada relations.

“Useful exchange between PM @narendramodi and Canadian PM @JustinTrudeau at Schloss Elmau. Leaders discussed bilateral ties and agreed to expand trade and economic linkages, cooperation in security and counter-terrorism, as well as P2P ties,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said both leaders took stock of the India-Canada friendship and discussed ways to further strengthen it across various sectors.

“Prime Ministers @narendramodi and @JustinTrudeau meet on the sidelines of the G-7 Summit in Germany. They took stock of the India-Canada friendship and discussed ways to further strengthen it across various sectors,” PMO tweeted.

This is the first meeting following the diplomatic row over the Canadian PM’s remarks on farm laws protests in New Delhi. India had taken up this matter with the Canadian authorities and conveyed that the comments pertaining to the internal affairs of India were unwarranted and would damage bilateral relations.

This is their first meeting after Trudeau’s 2018 India visit.

Back in September 2021, the Prime Minister congratulated Trudeau on his victory in the elections.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “Congratulations Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau on your victory in the elections! I look forward to continue working with you to further strengthen India-Canada relations, as well as our cooperation on global and multilateral issues.”

Recently, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his Canadian counterpart Melanie Joly, on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda.

This was their first in-person meeting after Joly assumed charge following the September 2021 general elections in Canada.

Jaishankar described the conversation as “open and productive”. They exchanged views on international issues including the Commonwealth, Ukraine conflict and the Indo-Pacific. (ANI)

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