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G20 summit HIGHLIGHTS: PM Narendra Modi interacts with major world leaders

Prime Minister Modi said, “In G20 summit many issues will be discussed such as global economy, sustainable development, climate change, and fugitive economic offenders. These are in the interest of the entire world and not just India and Argentina.”

By HT Correspondent | Nov 30, 2018 22:21 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is currently in Argentina to attend the G20 summit and said that issues pertaining to fugitive offenders and global economy, which are of major concern to the entire world, will be discussed in the summit.

While addressing the ‘Yoga for Peace’ event in Buenos Aires on Thursday, Prime Minister Modi said, “In G20 summit many issues will be discussed such as global economy, sustainable development, climate change, and fugitive economic offenders. These are in the interest of the entire world and not just India and Argentina.”

Speaking on the cultural connection between India and Argentina, Prime Minister Modi mentioned how football legend Diego Maradona’s name is used in phrases in India.

Here are the highlights of the G20 summit:

9:20 pm IST

PM Modi meets Putin

At the summit, PM Modi met Russian President Vladimir Putin. He also interacted with leaders from Italy and UK at the Leaders’ Lounge.

9:10 pm IST

PM Modi interacts with Trump and others

At the G20 summit, PM Modi interacted with leaders from the United States President Donald Trump, the other leaders from Netherlands, Mexico and Turkey.

9:00 pm IST

PM Modi and President Xi discuss crucial points

PM Narendra Modi had a meeting with President Xi of China, their 4th this year, on sidelines of G20 Summit. They discussed crucial points and joining efforts to further enhance mutual trust and friendship across all aspects of their ties.

8:55 pm IST

Leaders pose for a family photo

G20 leaders pose for a family photograph at Buenos Aires, Argentina.

7:23 pm IST

Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping

PM Narendra Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

6:48 pm IST

PM Modi talks of speaking in one voice

“We have to talk in one voice for the interest of developing nations in the United Nations and other multilateral organizations. This is the reason we have come together for BRICS,” ANI quoted PM Narendra Modi saying at BRICS informal meeting in Buenos Aires:

6:40 pm IST

Terrorism and radicalism are a threat to the world: PM Modi

Addressing the crowd at BRICS informal meeting in Buenos Aires, PM Modi said that those who commit financial crimes are a bigger threat.

“Terrorism and radicalism are a threat to the world, those who commit financial crimes are also a big threat. We have to work together against black money,” ANI quoted PM Modi saying.

12:30 pm IST

Indians in Argentina bridge between two nations: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi who arrived here to participate in the G20 Summit, sought the help of the Indians in Argentina in strengthening bilateral ties and taking it to a new level by playing the role of a “bridge”, an official statement said on Friday.

12:25 pm IST

Germany checking if Merkel’s plane woes had ‘criminal’ cause: Media

German investigators are checking whether there was any criminal cause behind the malfunction of a plane carrying Chancellor Angela Merkel to the G20 summit in Argentina, German newspaper Rheinische Post reported on Friday, citing security sources.

11:50 am IST

Trump barrels into G-20 summit after nixing Putin meeting

President Trump kicks off two days of diplomacy at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina on Friday after his abrupt decision to cancel a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin overshadowed the proceedings before they even started.

9:50 am IST

From Malbec to scarfs, G20 leaders showered with Argentine gifts

The leaders of the world’s largest economies received alpaca scarfs, silver bracelets, wine from Argentina’s Mendoza region and teas from Patagonia as they arrived in Buenos Aires on Thursday for the first G20 summit to be held in South America.

9:20 am IST

Focused on Dec 11 Brexit vote, not alternatives: UK PM

“The focus of myself and the government is on the vote that is taking place on December 11. We will be explaining to members of parliament why we believe that this is a good deal for the UK,” PM Theresa May told reporters on the plane to the G20 summit in Argentina when asked if she had a plan B.

9:15 am IST

India admires Argentina’s culture: PM Modi

“Talked about the vibrant India-Argentina friendship and how people in India are admirers of Argentina’s culture as well as their accomplishments in sports.

Also invited the Indian diaspora and the people of Argentina for the 2019 PBD in Kashi and the Kumbh in Prayagraj,” tweeted PM Modi.

9:10 am IST

Russia must release Ukrainian vessels, crew: UK PM

Russia must release the Ukrainian boats and sailors it captured on Sunday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday, adding that Britain would continue to push for “appropriate sanctions.”

“This is part of a pattern of Russian behaviour. They should release those ships and sailors, they should de-escalate the situation,” May told reporters on the flight to the G20 summit in Argentina, which Russian President Vladimir Putin is also due to attend.

9:05 am IST

Intend to speak to Saudi crown prince on Khashoggi, Yemen: UK PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May plans to raise the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and the situation in Yemen with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G20 summit in Argentina, she said on Thursday.

9:00 am IST

G20 opens under assault from Trump on collective action

G20 powers open two days of summit talks in crisis-hit Argentina on Friday after a stormy buildup dominated by US President Donald Trump’s consensus-bucking crusade to realign world trade.

Shortly before the summit kicks off, Trump’s “America First” charge will bear fruit with the signing in Buenos Aires of a successor to the North American free trade pact NAFTA.

8:55 am IST

Merkel to miss G20 opening after emergency landing in Cologne

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will miss the opening of the G20 summit in Argentina after her plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Cologne on Thursday due to a technical problem, her spokeswoman said.

“We will not be proceeding today,” she told AFP.

According to tweets by German journalists on board the Airbus A340, named Konrad Adenauer after Germany’s first post-war chancellor, Merkel will leave for Madrid on Friday and head on a commercial flight for Buenos Aires with a slimmed down delegation.

8:50 am IST

No decision yet on whether Abe, Macron will meet: Japan

No meeting has been set yet between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his French counterpart, a Japan’s government spokesman said, after media reported that President Emmanuel Macron had requested a meeting to discuss the Nissan-Renault alliance.

Abe and Macron will both attend a G20 summit meeting in Buenos Aires starting on Friday.

8:45 am IST

Trump arrives in Buenos Aires for tension-filled G20 summit

US president Donald Trump arrived Thursday in Buenos Aires for the Group of 20 summit, where he will hold a high-stakes meeting with China but has vowed to snub Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

8:40 am IST

India plays major role in climate change negotiations: UN secretary-general

“The secretary-general specifically acknowledged that India plays a very major role in climate change negotiations. He acknowledged that Prime Minister had taken a number of very concrete steps towards addressing climate change,” said foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale.

8:30 pm IST

Climate change focus of PM’s meeting UN Secretary-General: Foreign secy

“The main subject of discussion in Prime Minister’s meeting with UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres was the forthcoming climate change meeting in Katowice, Poland, the so-called ‘COP 24’,” said foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale.

8:15 pm IST

Saudi looks to invest in tech,agricultural and energy sectors: Foreign secy

“Crown Prince informed PM that Saudi will be finalising an initial investment into national infrastructure fund.He referred to future prospects for investment in tech,agricultural and energy sectors. PM,in particular,stressed upon importance of having stable energy prices,” said foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale.

8:00 am IST

Yoga is India’s gift to the world: PM Modi

“Yoga is India’s gift to the world for health, wellness and peace. It connects us with wellness and happiness. “Yoga is bridging the vast distance between India and Argentina. It is connecting the two countries and their people,” Prime Minister Modi said.

7:45 pm IST

Scaling up of Saudi investments in India in 2 to 3 years: Foreign secy

India expects Saudi Arabia to ramp up investments in several sectors including technology, farm and energy over the next couple of years, a senior Indian official said.

“We expect that in the next 2 to 3 years there will be significant scaling up of Saudi investments in India,” said Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale, providing a readout of the meeting.

7:40 pm IST

PM Modi meets Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral meeting with Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

7: 32 am IST

PM congratulates Argentinian hockey team for winning match

I congratulate the Argentinian hockey team for winning their first match during the Hockey World Cup being held in Odisha, India. Best wishes to the team for the coming matches: PM Modi at “Yoga For Peace” event in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

7:28 am IST

PM Modi attends ‘Yoga for Peace’ event

“Today’s programme is called “Yoga For Peace”. It is difficult to find a better name than this for a yoga program. Yoga helps us acquire better mental and physical health. It gives strength to our body&peace to our mind,” said PM Modi at ‘Yoga For Peace’ event in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

7:27 am IST

Trump cancels Putin meeting at upcoming G20 summit

US president Donald Trump on Thursday announced he had cancelled his scheduled meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the upcoming G-20 summit in Argentina, adding to the more to the drama already surrounding the annual gathering of leaders from developed and developing nations.

7:26 am IST

PM Modi discusses enhancing Saudi investment in tech, infra

PM Narendramodi met with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud on sidelines of G20 Argentina. Discussed enhancing Saudi investment in technology, infrastructure, petroleum, renewable energy, food security, fintech & defence sectors.

7:10 am IST

PM Modi meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

PM Narendra Modi held bilateral meeting with Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“Had a fruitful interaction with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud. We discussed multiple aspects of India-Saudi Arabia relations and ways to further boost economic, cultural and energy ties,” tweeted PM Modi.