06 July, Hamburg
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is arriving here today to participate in the G20 Summit at which terrorism, climate, change and open trade will be dominating the agenda.
Besides, Mr Modi, other world leaders, who will be converging here for the annual economic meet are President Xi Jinping of China, US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanual Macron and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Amid the continuing stand-off between India and China on the border in Sikkim, there were speculations that a meeting may take place between Mr Modi and Mr Xi on the sidelines of the Summit.
However, signals coming from both the countries indicate little possibility of any bilateral meeting, though both the leaders will be at the same platform, so some sudden informal interaction could not be ruled out. In fact, a meeting of the BRICS countries of which the two countries are the part, has also been organized on the sidelines of the G20.
The theme of G-20 meet this year is Shaping an Inter-connected World’. The grouping consists of the European and 19 countries which are India, the US, China, Russia, Germany, France, Japan, UK, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Turkey.
Besides terrorism and trade and climate change, global stability in general would also be a major element of the discussions.
Before departing from New Delhi for his two-nation tour, the Prime Minister had said he looked forward to engaging leaders from other G-20 countries on the vital issues affecting the world today that have a bearing on economic growth, sustainable development, and peace and stability.
“We will review progress on decisions since the Hangzhou Summit last year and deliberate on issues of terrorism, climate, sustainable development, growth and trade, digitalisation, health, employment, migration, women’s empowerment, and partnership with Africa,” Mr Modi had said.