G20 Summit: PM Modi holds bilateral talks with leaders of US, South Korea, Saudi Arabia

@MEAIndiaPrime minister Narendra Modi today held many bilateral meetings with top leaders of the world on the first day of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

Mr Modi also held trilateral discussions with his Japanese counterpart and US President under JAI (Japan, America, India).

Prime Minister Modi and President Trump discussed a host of bilateral and global issues including Iran, trade, defence and 5G communications networks on the sidelines of the summit.

Mr Modi thanked President Trump for expressing his love towards India in a letter recently delivered by the US secretary of state Mike Pompeo. Mr Trump also congratulated Prime minister on the election victory and said the two countries would work together in many areas including military.

Speaking to media, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale informed that the meetings were mostly focused on peace, stability, Infrastructural development and new initiatives in the Indo- Pacific region. He said during the JAI meet, Prime Minister highlighted the importance India attaches to the grouping.

Mr Gokhale informed that Mr Trump expressed hope that oil prices will remain stable and Mr Modi outlined that India is having a billion consumers and both the countries need to collaborate communication networks.

Our Correspondent covering the G-20 summit reports, Mr Modi also met President of South Korea Moon Jae-In. Mr Moon said that Korea has a southern policy like India has act East policy adding that these two can be synergised.

Prime Minister also had a meeting with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Both leaders discussed the situation in gulf, which can impact oil prices.

In that sense, PM appreciated Saudi Arabia role on the supply side. Foreign Secretary informed that the Haj quota has been increased from 1,70,000 to 200000. Mr Gokhale said, Crown Prince, invited PM Modi for an international conference.

Prime Minister also took part in RIC Leaders’ Informal meet. He is also scheduled to have bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the summit. 

The Hindu

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