G20 Summit: PM Modi Leaves For Japan, Likely To Hold Bilateral Talks


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday embarked on his journey to Osaka in Japapn to attend the crucial G20 summit. Before leaving for Japan, the prime minister said he would reinforce India’s strong support to reformed multilateralism at the G20 summit, vital to preserve rule-based international order.

The theme of the summit is human-centred future society. Food security, energy security, financial stability, terrorism-related issues, innovation in the digital economy and artificial intelligence will be discussed. More than 20 countries will be participating in the G20 Summit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold about 10 bilateral meetings, including with US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron, on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Japan this week. He will hold a meeting with Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan on Thursday.

Informal meeting of the BRICS leaders and bilateral meetings with other leaders would also take place on the sidelines of the summit.

In his departure statement, PM Modi said issues such as women empowerment, artificial intelligence and common efforts to address challenges like terrorism will be high on his agenda.

The summit will provide an important opportunity to reiterate and reinforce our strong support to reformed multilateralism, which is crucial for preserving rule-based international order in today’s fast-changing world,” PM Modi said.

PM Narendra Modi said the two-day Osaka summit will also be an important stepping stone for India towards hosting the G20 summit in 2022 “when we usher in a New India in the 75th anniversary year of our Independence”.

On the sidelines, Modi said, he looks forward to engaging with leaders of our major partner countries on important issues of bilateral and global importance.

“I also look forward to host the next Russia, India and China (RIC) Informal Summit on the sidelines, and also to participate in the next informal meetings of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and JAI (Japan, America and India) leaders,” he said.