Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a two-day visit to Germany where he will attend the G7 summit and discuss issues such as energy, food security, counter-terrorism, environment and democracy with the leaders of the powerful bloc and its partner countries.
Modi said he was also looking forward to meeting members of the Indian diaspora from across Europe, who contribute immensely to their local economies and enrich India’s relations with European countries.
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Prime Minister Modi is attending the G7 summit, to be held on June 26-27, at the invitation of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The summit is hosted by Germany in its capacity as chairman of the G7, a grouping of the world’s seven richest nations.
The Prime Minister will also hold several bilateral meetings on the sidelines, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesman Arindam Bagchi said in a tweet.
G7 leaders are expected to focus on the Ukraine crisis which has sparked geopolitical unrest in addition to fueling a global food and energy crisis.
“During the Summit sessions, I will exchange views with G7 countries, G7 partner countries and invited international organizations on topical issues such as environment, energy, climate, security food, health, counter-terrorism, gender equality and democracy,” Modi said in a statement ahead of his visit.
Foreign Minister Vinay Mohan Kwatra said Friday that Modi will hold bilateral meetings and discussions with G7 leaders as well as invited countries on the sidelines of the G7 summit. In addition to India, Germany, host of the G7 summit, has also invited Argentina, Indonesia, Senegal and South Africa as guests for the summit in order to recognize the democracies of the South as his partners.
From Germany, Modi will travel to the United Arab Emirates on June 28 to offer his condolences on the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Gulf nation’s former president. Sheikh Khalifa died on May 13 after battling illness for the past few years.