G20 summit 2018: PM Modi to have 'Trilateral Meet' with Donald Trump, Japan's Shinzo Abe

G20 summit 2018: PM Modi to have 'Trilateral Meet' with Donald Trump, Japan's Shinzo Abe

Ahead of the G20 summit, Modi said he would be discussing ways to meet the new and upcoming challenges of the coming decade with world leaders there.

Prime minister Narendra Modi will travel to Argentina from November 28 to December 2 to participate in the 13th G20 summit in Buenos Aires during which he will also meet Chinese president Xi Jinping along with the leaders of other participating nations.

US president Donald Trump will also have a trilateral meeting with PM Modi and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the G-20 summit on November 30 and December 1.

The annual meeting is being attended by leaders of the top 20 economies of the world and the theme for this year is 'Building Consensus for a Fair and Sustainable Development.'

In a pre-departure statement, PM Modi said that during the G20 summit, India will highlight the need for reformed multilateralism which reflects the contemporary realities and can effectively strengthen collective action for global good.

Issues to be discussed during the summit

G20 summit will cover the entire gamut of economic issues, including the agricultural sector reform, the challenges climate change poses and health-care issues faced by the world, said foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale.
Modi will highlight the risks posed by oil price volatility and raise the issue of combating terror financing and money laundering.
Gokhale said that the prime minister will make a lead intervention in the first session of the summit titled - Putting People First.
The second session will be on talks of building a consensus which will deal with trade, finance, taxation, sustainable development, and climate change.
The third session will be on 'embracing opportunities' related to energy infrastructure, sustainable food security.
The prime minister will speak on his flag programmes like the Jan Dhan Yojana, the Mudra scheme, Ayushman Bharat, soil health card in the G20 summit.
PM Modi will also make a pitch to countries who are not in the Tropic of Cancer and Capricorn to join the International Solar Alliance.
Gokhale said the issue of disaster relief infrastructure will also be discussed.


Trilateral meeting with PM Modi

Donald Trump will have a 'trilateral meeting' with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and prime minister Narendra Modi at the G20 summit in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires, said US National Security Adviser John Bolton.

In a press briefing at the White House, Bolton said that Trump's bilateral with Abe 'will transform at some point during that meeting into a trilateral meeting' with Modi.


Other leaders PM Modi is scheduled to meet

The foreign secretary said Modi will also meet United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres, Mauricio Macri, the president of Argentina; Chilean president Sebastian Pinera, German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

He will also meet the prime ministers of Spain, Jamaica, the Netherlands and the president of the European Union and European Council.

A bilateral meeting between Modi and French president Emmanuel Macron is also being worked out, Gokhale said.


Most anticipated meeting

All eyes are expected to be on two meetings that Trump would have with the Chinese president Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.


10th anniversary of the G20

The Buenos Aires meeting is taking place 10 years after the first G20 leaders' summit in Washington, DC when heads of state and government from around the world put together an action plan to address the 2008 financial crisis.

How does the G20 work?

The G20's yearly agenda includes over 50 meetings of ministers, foreign ministry emissaries (known as sherpas), central bank governors and world leaders. Each year's agenda culminates at the leaders' summit, attended by heads of state or government.

At the summit, they issue a joint declaration based on the policy recommendations prepared at the G20 meetings held throughout the year.

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