PM Modi attends G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Japan; Holds bilateral meetings with top leaders of Japan, South Korea and Vietnam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated at the G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Japan today. He was welcomed by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the venue.

At the Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden greeted each other warmly and shared a hug as they met at the venue. The meeting with Biden today comes ahead of Prime Minister Modi’s official State visit to the US from the 21st to 24th of June, where he will be hosted by US President Biden at the White House.

On the sidelines of the G7 Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with the Prime Minister of Japan, President of South Korea and Prime Minister of Vietnam. During the meeting with Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida, Mr. Modi thanked Mr. Kishida for planting in Hiroshima the Bodhi sapling that had been gifted by Prime Minister Modi in March this year.

During the meeting, both leaders discussed ways to enhance India-Japan friendship across different sectors including trade, economy and culture.

According to the External Affairs Ministry, Mr. Modi and Mr. Kishida discussed ways to synergise efforts of their respective G7 and G20 Presidencies, and the need to highlight the voice of Global South.

They also exchanged views on contemporary regional developments and deepening cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. Both the leaders also discussed ways to further strengthen the bilateral special strategic and global partnership.

Discussions were also held on education, skill development, tourism, Lifestyle for Environment (LiFE), green hydrogen, high technology, semiconductors and digital public infrastructure. Combating terrorism and reform of the United Nations was also discussed.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a productive meeting with the President of South Korea Yoon Suk Yeol. During the meeting, both leaders talked about ways to further boost India-South Korea friendship in key developmental sectors.

Both the leaders agreed to deepen cooperation in areas of trade and investment, high technology, IT hardware manufacturing, defense, semiconductor, and culture.

They also discussed India’s G20 presidency and South Korea’s Indo-Pacific strategy. President Yoon Suk Yeol appreciated the Prime Minister’s leadership of the G-20 and conveyed his support.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also met Prime Minister of Vietnam Pham Minh Chinh. The two leaders noted the steady progress achieved in bilateral Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

They agreed to enhance high-level exchanges and deepen bilateral trade and investment ties. Mr Modi and Mr Chinh discussed opportunities in the fields of defence, building resilient supply chains, energy, science and technology, human resource development, culture and people-to-people ties.

The Prime Minister met Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz in Hiroshima on the sidelines of G7 summit. The leaders reviewed and positively assessed the progress in bilateral relations. They also exchanged views on regional developments and global challenges. The Prime Minister is also scheduled to hold bilateral discussions with the leaders of France and Ukraine today.

 Earlier, as a symbol of friendship and goodwill, the Prime Minister also unveiled a bust of Mahatma Gandhi in Hiroshima. After unveiling the bust, Mr. Modi said, even today, the world gets frightened when they listen to the word Hiroshima. He said, the world is suffering from climate change and terrorism today.

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