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PM to raise climate and energy issues

India today said it will convey to the int'l community that climate change, energy security and food security are interlinked that require an integrated approach.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2008 08:46 PM IST

India on Sunday said it will convey to the international community at the G-8 summit its belief that climate change, energy security and food security are interlinked, and require an integrated approach.

In a statement on the eve of his departure for Japan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that at the forthcoming summit, he would present India's perspectives on a wide range of global issues.

They included the state of the world economy, development, trade, transfer of technology, energy security and food security.

"I will, in particular, highlight the impact of the sharp rise in fuel prices on the global economy and the need for joint action by both producing and consuming nations," he said.

Singh said prior to the meeting with the G-8 leaders, he will attend a meeting of the O-5 group of outreach countries being hosted by the President of Mexico on July 8.

Over the years, India's participation in the G-8/O-5 dialogue process has enabled it to articulate its concerns on a wide range of issues in a forthright manner, on an equal footing, he said.

"Today, India's views are heard with respect, and there is recognition of the fact that solutions to global issues require India's involvement," the Prime Minister said.

He said he will also participate in the meeting of the Leaders of Major Economies at which the issue of climate change will be discussed.

In India's view, he said, "There can be no solution (to the issue of climate change) without taking into account the developmental imperatives and aspirations of developing economies.

"For us, the foremost priority is the removal of poverty, for which we need sustained rapid economic growth."

He said he will have bilateral meetings with the Prime Minister of Japan, and some of the other leaders present, including those of Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Russia, USA and the Secretary General of the United Nations.

He was also looking forward to participating in an informal meeting of the Brazil-Russia-India-China (BRIC) leaders on the sidelines of the G-8 Summit beginning on Monday.

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