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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese premier Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, 30 November, held a trilateral meeting, the second among the three countries after a gap of 12 years, on the sidelines of the G-20 summit here to discuss cooperation in various areas.
The Russia-India-China meeting came hours after Prime Minister Modi, his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump held their first trilateral meeting on the margins of the summit. PM Modi termed the meeting ‘JAI’ (Japan, America, India), literally translating to victory.
Modi arrived in the Argentinian capital on Thursday to attend the 13th G20 summmit.
- Besides Trump, Abe and Xi Jinping, Modi will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the event
- A bilateral meeting between Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron is being worked out
PM Modi Arrives in Buenos Aires
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, 29 November arrived in Argentina's capital of Buenos Aires to attend the 13th G20 summit. He is expected to discuss ways to meet the new and upcoming challenges of the coming decade with other world leaders, including US President Donald Trump.
He was greeted by the Indian diaspora at a hotel in Buenos Aires.
On the sidelines of the two-day summit, Modi, Trump and Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe will hold a trilateral meeting amidst China flexing its muscles in the strategic Indo-Pacific region.
The trilateral, which would be an expansion of the bilateral meeting between Trump and Abe, is part of the series of meetings the US president would have on the sidelines of the G20 summit on 30 November and 1 December.
(With inputs from PTI, AP and ANI)
What's on PM Modi's Agenda?
Besides Trump and Abe, Modi will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the event, the Ministry of External Affairs had said on the eve of his departure.
Modi will also meet UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Argentinian President Mauricio Macri, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, along with the prime ministers of Spain, Jamaica, the Netherlands and the president of the European Union and the European Council.
A bilateral meeting between Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron is also being worked out.
The prime minister will also speak on his flagship programmes like the Jan Dhan Yojana, the Mudra scheme, Ayushman Bharat, and soil health card at the G20 Summit.
Modi will make a pitch to countries who are not within the Tropic of Cancer and Capricorn to join the International Solar Alliance. He will also highlight the risks posed by oil price volatility and raise the issue of combating terror financing and money laundering.
Among the issues to be discussed will be the strengthening of the WTO. The meeting is being held amid the ongoing trade war between the US and China.
Modi said that through the 10 years of its existence, the G20 has strived to promote stable and sustainable global growth.
"I will highlight the need for reformed multilateralism which reflects the contemporary realities and can effectively strengthen collective action for global good," he said.
Trump Cancels Sit-Down With Putin
Just a day before the G20 summit opens, US President Donald Trump on Thursday, 29 November cancelled the sit-down with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Argentina following Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian naval ships last weekend.
Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2018
....in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin. I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2018
The Kremlin had said on Wednesday, 28 November that it expected the meeting between Putin and Trump to go ahead as planned.
PM Modi to Meet Saudi Crown Prince and UN Secretary-General
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be holding bilateral meetings with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, ANI reported, citing sources.
'Looking Forward for Wide Range of G20 Talks,' Tweets Modi
"Looking forward to a wide range of interactions at the G20 Summit, aimed at furthering sustainable development," Prime Minister Modi tweeted soon after he landed here.
Looking forward to a wide range of interactions at the G-20 Summit, aimed at furthering sustainable development. https://t.co/6H2o7LcP2e— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 29, 2018
White House Announces Meeting Schedule
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the trilateral meeting with Prime Minister Modi will be held towards the end of the US President Donald Trump- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talks.
Merkel's Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Germany
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's plane headed to G20 summit in Argentina made an emergency landing in Germany, reported AFP.
PM Modi Attends 'Yoga For Peace' Event
Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the 'Yoga For Peace' event in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the sidelines of the G20 summit.
"“When there will be peace in a person’s mind there will be peace in family, society, country and the world. Yoga is India’s gift to the world for health, wellness and peace.” " - PM Narendra Modi
PM Modi Meets Saudi Arabia Crown Prince
PM Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting with Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Deepening strategic ties.— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) November 29, 2018
PM @narendramodi met with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud on sidelines of #G20Argentina. Discussed enhancing Saudi investment in technology, infrastructure, petroleum, renewable energy, food security, fintech & defence sectors. pic.twitter.com/dZt2K5JVbM
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale described the meeting between prime minister and the crown price of Saudi Arabia as a “cordial” one, with specific discussions about how the country can enhance investments in India over the next two-three years.
PM Modi Meets UN Secretary-General, Discusses Climate Change
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also met UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, on the sidelines of the summit.
“The main subject of discussion in Prime Minister's meeting with UN Secretary-General Guterres was the forthcoming climate change meeting in Katowice, Poland,” said Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.
US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Land in Buenos Aires
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melani aTrump arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina to attend the G20 summit.
Chinese President Xi Jinping Arrives at Summit
China's President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan arrived at the Ministro Pistarini international airport in Buenos Aires.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Arrives in Argentina
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives at the Ministro Pistarini international airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
British Prime Minister Theresa May Arrives in Buenos Aires
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at the Ministro Pistarini international airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina. May and the other leaders from the Group of 20 industrialized nations will meet in Buenos Aires for two days starting Friday.
PM Modi Talks Globalisation, Reformed Multilateralism and Threat of Terrorism at Informal BRICS Meeting
PM Narendra Modi on Friday reaffirmed India's commitment to globalisation and reformed multilateralism at an informal meeting of the BRICS leaders on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina’s Buenos Aires.
BRICS as an engine of global growth.— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) November 30, 2018
In his first of the many engagements today, PM @narendramodi participated at #BRICS Leaders’ Informal Meeting on the margins of #G20Summit. Reaffirmed India's commitment to globalisation and reformed multilateralism. pic.twitter.com/wdBKX8iY6z
"“We have to talk in one voice for the interest of developing nations in the United Nations and other multilateral organisations. That is the reason we have come together for BRICS.”" - PM Modi at informal BRICS meeting
Modi further underlined the threat posed by terrorism and radicalism to the world. “Those who commit financial crimes are also a big threat. We have to work together against black money,” he added.
PM Modi Meets Chinese Prez Xi Jinping, Discusses Ways to Strenghten Bilateral Ties
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires and discussed how to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two neighbours.
The two leaders have met twice after their informal summit in the Chinese city of Wuhan in April – once at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit held in June in China's Qingdao and the second time at the BRICS summit in South Africa's Johannesburg in July.
Modi told Xi that he was looking forward to host him for an informal summit next year, reported PTI.
"Today's meeting will be important in proving a direction in terms of strengthening our relations," Modi said.
"“This year has been very important for relations between our two nations. I am confident that the coming year would be even better.”" - PM Modi, as quoted by ANI
"Such initiatives are helpful in maintaining the momentum," the prime minister said, adding that there "have been two review meetings – in Qingdao and in Johannesburg."
"I express my heartiest thanks to you (President Xi) for taking out time for this meeting," he said.
After the meeting, the PMO tweeted that the two leaders held productive discussions.
Working together to strengthen the Wuhan spirit— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) November 30, 2018
PM @narendramodi had a warm & productive meeting with President Xi of #China, their 4th this year, on sidelines of #G20Summit. Discussed joint efforts to further enhance mutual trust and friendship across all aspects of our ties. pic.twitter.com/Zbh2Ee27Vb
Modi Meets Trump, Putin and Merkel
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with leaders from various countries, including US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and UK Prime Minister Theresa May, at the Leaders’ Lounge at the G20 Summit on Friday.
Putting People First— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) November 30, 2018
PM @narendramodi made an intervention at the 1st session of #G20Argentina on Global Economy, Future of Work & Women’s Empowerment. Highlighted flagship programs undertaken to modernise economy & promote inclusive growth #JanDhanYojana #MUDRA #StartupIndia pic.twitter.com/UjW5ZhLMRz
Trump, Abe My Good Friends: PM Modi
PM Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump and Japan PM Shinzo Abe met on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Argentina on Friday, 30 November.
Modi said, “Both (US and Japan) countries are our strategic partners and both leaders are my good friends. Japan, USA, India acronym is JAI, so 'Jai' in Hindi means success. This sends a good message. “
#WATCH PM Narendra Modi on meeting US President Trump and Japan PM Shinzo Abe says 'Both countries are our strategic partners and both leaders are my good friends. Japan, USA, India acronym is JAI, so Jai in India means success. This sends a good message.' #G20 #Argentina pic.twitter.com/VhHPVXd1dB— ANI (@ANI) November 30, 2018
'Our Relationship Stronger Than Ever,' Trump After Meeting Modi, Abe
US President Donald Trump said that the relation between Japan, India and his country was “stronger than ever.”
"“We just had a great meeting. Our relationship is extremely great, strong. It is stronger than ever. We are doing very well together, lot of defence and military purchases." - Donald Trump, US President
India Dubs Trilateral Summit 'JAI'
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted that the “first-ever” trilateral summit between the US, Japan adnd America ‘JAI’ – which in Hindi means victory or success.
Coming together of strategic partners— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) November 30, 2018
The first-ever trilateral Summit 'JAI' between the leaders of Japan @AbeShinzo, America @realDonaldTrump & India @narendramodi concluded a while ago in Buenos Aires. Leaders exchanged views on Indo Pacific, maritime and connectivity issues. pic.twitter.com/I8YOSnChev
The meeting assumed importance in the wake of China flexing its muscles in the strategic Indo-Pacific region.
Asserting that India will "continue to work together on shared values," Modi said, "The 'JAI' (Japan, America, India) meeting is dedicated to democratic values...'JAI' stands for victory (in Hindi)." The prime minister also said the meeting was a convergence of vision between the three nations.
The Japanese premier said he was happy to participate in "the first ever 'JAI' trilateral". Trump appreciated India's growth story during the meet.
The leaders emphasised the importance of cooperation among the three countries on all major issue of global and multilateral interests such as connectivity, sustainable development, counterterrorism and maritime and cyber security.
PM Modi Holds Trilateral Meeting with Putin, Jinping
PM Narendra Modi holds trilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit.
World Going Through Extraordinary Changes: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese premier Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday held a trilateral meeting, on the sidelines of the G-20 summit.
According to MEA spokesperson, the leaders discussed cooperation and coordination in various areas which could contribute to global peace and stability.
Speaking at trilateral meeting, PM Modi said that the world was going through “changes and uncertainties.”
“There is no doubt that the world today is going through extraordinary changes and uncertainty. This increase in geopolitical tension is affecting global governance,” said PM Modi.
2nd Russia-India-China 'RIC' Trilateral Summit took place in Buenos Aires after a gap of 12 years. In a meeting characterised by warmth and positivity, leaders discussed cooperation and coordination in various areas which could contribute to global peace and stability. pic.twitter.com/PksZklpWwA— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) November 30, 2018
PM Modi Meets Chile President
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met President of Chile Sebastian Pinera on the sidelines of the summit. The two leaders reportedly discussed enhancing cooperation in trade and investment and health, among other issues.
PM @narendramodi had a good meeting with President of Chile Sebastian Pinera on the sidelines of the #G20Summit. Leaders discussed enhancing cooperation in trade & investment, health, space and people-to-people relationship. pic.twitter.com/4Ic53swhRa— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) November 30, 2018
India Presents 9-Point Agenda on Fugitive Economic Offenders
India on Friday, 29 November, presented a nine-point agenda to G20 member nations calling for strong and active cooperation among them to comprehensively deal with fugitive economic offenders.
The agenda was presented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the second session of the G20 Summit on international trade, international financial and tax systems.
“Cooperation in legal processes such as effective freezing of the proceeds of crime, early return of the offenders and efficient repatriation of the proceeds of crime should be enhanced and streamlined,” the agenda read.
India also called for joint efforts by G-20 countries to form a mechanism that denies entry and safe havens to fugitive economic offenders.
"Principles of United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (UNOTC), especially related to 'International Cooperation' should be fully and effectively implemented," it said.
PM Modi Attends Cultural Performance
Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the cultural performance hosted by Argentanian President Mauricio Macri, along with other G20 leaders.
A hectic day comes to an end— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) November 30, 2018
In the last engagement of the day, PM @narendramodi connecting with other leaders of #G20 before the Cultural performance and dinner hosted by Argentinian President Mauricio Macri. pic.twitter.com/pqGKwsEt5R
Japan, US, India Express Need for Peace in Indo-Pacific During First Trilateral
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Friday, 30 November, said that Japan, US, and India have expressed the need for prosperity and peace in Indo-Pacific during their first ever trilateral meeting.
“They all agreed that a free, open, inclusive, and rules-based order is essential for the (Indo-Pacific) region's peace and prosperity," Gokhale was quoted by ANI as saying.
He further stated that the leaders had agreed on the central role of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) to achieve peace and prosperity.
G20 Enters Last Day, Meeting Between Trump and Jinping on the Agenda
The G20 summit will enter its crucial second and final day on Saturday, 1 December with hours left for diplomats to bridge divisions on major issues including world trade, climate change and tackling migration, AP reported.
The day will also see a highly anticipated meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose nations have been embroiled in an escalating trade war with new US tariffs on China goods set to take effect a month from now.
Argentinian President Hosted PM Modi Over Breakfast
President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, hosted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over breakfast at his official residence.
Discussions were held on cooperation in agriculture & food processing, space, defence, oil & gas & civil nuclear energy.
Starting the day on a bright note!— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) December 1, 2018
In a special gesture, President of Argentina @mauriciomacri hosted PM @narendramodi over breakfast at his official residence. Good discussion on cooperation in agriculture & food processing, space, defence, oil & gas & civil nuclear energy. pic.twitter.com/rzKWo0oDar
PM Modi Meets Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel in Buenos Aires, on the sidelines of G20 summit.
Trump Cancels G20 Press Conference 'Out of Respect' to Bush Family
US President Donald Trump cancelled a press conference planned for Saturday, 1 December at the G20 summit, saying he wanted to show respect to the family of late President George HW Bush.
"Out of respect for the Bush Family and former President George HW Bush we will wait until after the funeral to have a press conference," Trump tweeted.
....However, out of respect for the Bush Family and former President George H.W. Bush we will wait until after the funeral to have a press conference.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2018
South African President to be India's Republic Day Chief Guest in 2019
Briefing the media on the G20 Summit, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has held a number of bilateral visits on the sidelines of the summit.
“The area Prime Minister touched on in general with leaders of the European Union, Netherland PM and Germany Chancellor, was the issue of jointly combating terrorism which is a global phenomenon,” Gokhale added.
He also said that the Argentinian Prime Minister is keen to make a visit to India and PM Modi has extended an invitation to South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa to be chief guest for India's Republic Day in 2019 and Ramaphosa accepted it.
US, China Agree to Halt New Tariffs After 1 January
The United States and China agreed Saturday in a long-anticipated summit to hold off on new tariffs after 1 January, Chinese state media said following a months-long trade war.
The China Daily and Chinese international broadcaster CGTN both said President Donald Trump and his counterpart Xi Jinping agreed to halt tariffs "after January 1" -- when Washington has been set to impose USD200 billion in new tariffs.
India to Host G-20 Summit in 2022
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced that India will host the G-20 summit in 2022, the year the country would celebrate the 75th anniversary of its Independence.
The G-20 is a grouping of the world's 20 major economies.
Modi made the announcement at the closing ceremony of the two-day summit held in Argentina's capital.
In 2022 India completes 75 years since Independence. In that special year, India looks forward to welcoming the world to the G-20 Summit! Come to India, the world's fastest growing large economy! Know India’s rich history and diversity, and experience the warm Indian hospitality.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 1, 2018
Italy was to host the international forum in 2022.
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