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G7: Prime Minister Modi to hold four bilateral, attend two sessions today

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WION New Delhi Aug 26, 2019, 07.39 AM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

It's going to be a packed day for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he meets four world leaders and takes part in two sessions of G7 summit in Biarritz, France. 

The prime minister will be meeting the Senegal President Macky Sall, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chile President Sebastian Piñera and US President Donald Trump. Besides Modi will be taking part in two sessions on Climate, Biodiversity, Oceans and Digital Transformation.

PM Modi will meet the US president between 3.45pm and 4.30pm. This will be the second meeting between the two leaders this year and comes two months after they met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

The ongoing India-Pakistan tension in the aftermath of India rescinding the special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir is likely to prominently feature in the discussion between the duo.

"India’s decision to rescind Article 370 in Kashmir is an internal decision, but certainly with regional implications. And President Trump will likely want to hear how Prime Minister Modi intends to calm regional tensions in light of this significant move", a senior Trump administration official said. 

Trump thrice offered to mediate between India and Pakistan on Kashmir, something that irked New Delhi which has made it clear that ties between the two South Asian neighbours follow Shimla and Lahore agreements according to which no third party mediation is acceptable. 

Trade, defence ties and the Afghan peace process are also likely to be discussed when Modi meets Trump.

All in all, PM Modi has six bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the G7 summit.

Modi met British PM Boris Johnson United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday evening. With British PM, the focus was trade & investment, defence & security.

This is the first meet between the two leaders since Boris Johnson took charge as the British prime minister earlier this month. The meeting lasted for 30 minutes.

Both leaders had a conversation last week in which PM Modi congratulated him assuming charge as British PM in July, 2019.

During Modi-Johnson bilateral, the Indian prime minister raised the issue of violent protests outside the Indian mission by Pakistan and Khalistan groups on Independence Day on August 15.

India is "Biarritz partner" country along with Australia, Chile, South Africa, Rwanda, Senegal, Egypt and Burkina Faso. Climate and biodiversity will be the main focus of the 45th G7 summit whose theme is "combating inequality".

It is after a gap of more than 10 years that India has been invited at the G7summit.

In 2005, then British Prime Minister Tony Blair had invited his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh at the Gleneagles summit.
 

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PM Modi will meet the US president between 3.45pm and 4.30pm. This will be the second meeting between the two leaders this year and comes two months after they met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.