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G20 Summit: Here is a list of bilateral meetings held by PM Modi

Apart from an informal meeting with heads of BRICS nations and a special trilateral meet with Russia and China, PM Modi also held one-on-one discussions with leaders of many nations who are India's strategic partners in trade.

On Friday, world leaders met at the 2019 G20 summit that is being currently held at Osaka, Japan. Here is an overview of the bilateral meetings that Prime Minister Modi with several world leaders

USA

The Prime Minister met with US President Donal Trump, a day after he had demanded withdrawal of the “very high” tariffs levied by India on American goods. On the issue of trade, both sides raised their concerns and it was decided that trade ministers of both countries would meet at an early date and sort out the issues between them.

The PM mentioned that India took actions after the US revoked Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and said that now the countries must see how they can resolve the issue. Trump welcomed the idea. The level at which the meetings would be held is yet to be decided.

Besides this, they also spoke on wide-ranging issues including Iran, 5G, bilateral relations & defence relations.

Saudi Arabia

PM Modi also met Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. After PM Modi raised the issue, Saudi Arabia announced an increase of India’s Haj quota from 170,000 to 200,000, making it possible for 30,000 more Indians to go to Mecca for the annual pilgrimage.

The two leaders spoke about increasing tourism and flights between the countries. The Crown Prince had also invited PM Modi as the main guest for an international conference later this year. They also discussed increased cooperation in trade & investment, energy security and counter-terrorism.

Germany

The Prime Minister met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussing ways to deepen Indo-German relations and to enhance cooperation in areas such as artificial intelligence, E-mobility, cybersecurity, railway modernisation and skill development.

Germany is India’s largest trade partner in the 28-member EU block. In 2016-17 the bilateral trade turnover was pegged at 18 billion USD.

South Korea

In the meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, they discussed ways to enhance trade, economic and people-to-people relations. The two also expressed their mutual desires to synergise India’s Act East Policy with South Korea’s new Southern Policy. The aim of Act East Policy is to shift the country’s trade relations from the west to the South East Asian Countries.

India and South Korea have also been focusing on the enhancement of cultural and traditional ties. The president’s wife was the chief guest in last year’s Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya.

Indonesia

The PM met with Indonesian president Joko Widodo and discussed ways to deepen bilateral cooperation in trade and investment, defence and maritime fronts.

Brazil

In a discussion with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the two spoke on the bilateral relationship, especially cooperation in trade & investment, agriculture & bio-fuels in the context of climate change.

PM Modi had also met BRICS leaders in an informal meeting. The BRICS nations comprise of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

Turkey

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked about key issues such as trade and investment, defence, counter-terrorism, IT and civil aviation with PM Modi.

The Turkish President had visited India on a two-day tour in July 2018. President Erdogan has assured India Turkey’s full cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

PM Modi also hosted a special trilateral meeting with Russia and China. The leaders discussed global hot-spot issues like terrorism and climate change.

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