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Talks on climate change to NSG membership, big takeaways from PM Modi's participation at G7 summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at G7 summit. Photograph:( AFP )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 26, 2019, 10.30 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal Edited By: Shivani Kumar

From climate change to tender for e-rickshaws to India's membership for the Nuclear Suppliers' groups were among the topics that dominated the talks when Prime Minister Narendra Modi sat with world leaders on the sidelines of the G7 summit.

Climate Change was the focus when PM held talks with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday evening.

United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) understood India's position on its bid for Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and said that he is willing to help on the matter when Guterres raised concerns over India's thermal power plants in the context of climate change. New Delhi has been focusing on renewable and nuclear energy in a bid to curtail pollution.

"PM referred to UNSG that nuclear power is investment intensive industry and membership to NSG is crucial to building investor confidence", Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said in a press conference.

PM will address the United Nations General assembly in September and will be a keynote speaker at UN Climate Change summit. 

With the UK, PM Modi began by congratulating his counterpart Johnson on England’s spectacular win in the third Test of the Ashes. Overall economics dominated the agenda in the wake of Britain's exit from the European Union.

Johnson specifically talked about the need to develop a partnership between the two countries and he understood that it is important for access to be given for talented Indians to the UK

With a focus on developing a partnership in the post-Brexit scenario, both leaders agreed to form a small team to enhance the economic alliance between India and the UK. 

The UK plans to leave the European Union by the end of October this year.

PM Modi also met President of Senegal Macky Sall. India has given 250 solar-powered e-rickshaws to the West African country. 

President of Senegal told PM a substantial tender will be placed in this regard soon. 

PM also attended a dedicated session of G7 Biarritz summit on ‘Biodiversity, Oceans, Climate’ and underlined India’s contribution to reducing biodiversity, climate change, water stress and ocean pollution.

PM Modi was on a three-nation visit --France, UAE and Bahrain.

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Climate Change was the focus when PM held talks with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday evening.