Indian Prime Minister Modi to visit Italy and UK next week, India News News
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Rome, the Italian capital, and Glasgow, UK, next week for two crucial summits: the G20 summit and the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).
He will leave for Rome on October 28 and will be in the city for the 16th G20 Leaders’ Summit to be held on October 30 and 31. This will naturally be the occasion for a number of bilateral exchanges on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the 20 most powerful economies.
The main priorities of the Italian presidency will be to deal with the Covid crisis and its economic impact. Last year, the summit was held virtually under the Saudi presidency due to the Covid pandemic. It was the first time the summit had been held virtually in more than a decade since its formation.
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However, there will be few notable absentees who will not be present in person at the summit. Those who will not be able to attend the summit in person are Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. While the Japanese Prime Minister and President Cyril Ramaphosa will be busy with the elections on these dates, the Russian president has had to skip the summit due to the covid crisis in his country.
The absence of Japanese, Russian and Chinese leaders means that no in-person trilateral such as JAI (Japan, America, India) or RIC (Russia, India, China) will take place. It had traditionally become part of the key meetings on the sidelines of G20 meetings.
Climate change will be another key objective of the G20 summit, which precedes the crucial Glasgow climate summit from October 31 to November 12.
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Prime Minister Modi will leave Rome on October 31 for Glasgow and address the meeting on November 1. He is also expected to meet with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in person, which both sides have been waiting for. It comes shortly after the British Prime Minister was invited to be the main guest of the Indian Republic Day parade earlier this year, which was canceled due to the Covid pandemic. Later, Prime Minister Modi was due to visit the G7 leaders as a special guest, which also met the same fate.
Ahead of her visit to the UK, UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is in India and met with her counterpart Foreign Secretary Dr S Jaishankar on Friday. During Friday’s meeting with EAM, FS Liz said: “We can do so much more in areas such as sharing our environmental expertise ahead of the COP26 summit, we are delighted the Prime Minister is here . “
His visit coincides with the visit of the British Chief of Staff, General Sir Nicholas Carter, Chief of Naval Staff to British Admiral Tony Radakin (First Sea Lord).
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Meanwhile, the Maiden India-UK Joint Exercise Konkan Shakti is also underway from October 21-27. The port phase took place in Mumbai from October 21 to 23, the maritime phase from 24 to 27, the land phase in Chaubatia with tactical air operations. involving F35s and MiG 26Ks.
New Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba will also be in Glasgow, and a bilateral deal cannot be ruled out with Indian Prime Minister. PM Modi will be back in the country on the 3rd. This will be his third overseas visit amid the Covid pandemic. This year, he visited Bangladesh in March and the United States in September. Before the start of the pandemic, his last visit was in November 2019.
Then there will also be key ASEAN summits and meetings, including the East Asia summit. The meetings are taking place virtually and India will be present at the meetings. Brunei is hosting ASEAN this year. The Prime Minister was also invited for the Saudi Green Initiative and the Middle East Green Initiative by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. The Saudi summits are taking place in Riyadh from October 23 to 25, with India’s environment minister representing the country in numerous meetings.