New Delhi, July 14 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called for greater greater…
Jayanth Jacob, New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met a number of world leaders on the sidelines of the G20 summit during his visit to
Hangzhou, China. The G-20 summit was one of Modi’s most high-voltage engagements where he underlined a range of issues, most prominently Pakistan-backed terror. Here are the key takeaways from the visit:
1) Push for counter-terrorism cooperation
At the G-20 meet, India was keen on stepping up the counter-terror cooperation and drumming up the support for the United Nations Convention the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) — which New Delhi has been leading from front — at an early date. As the Indian side pushed G-20 countries to adopt stricter measures to deal with terror financing, Modi used the opportunity to make a political point against Pakistan, which has stepped up a diplomatic offensive against India over recent developments in Kashmir.
In the final session of the G20 summit, Modi said, “Indeed, one single nation in South Asia is spreading these agents of terror in the countries of our region.”
2) High-level contact with China
Modi’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jingping on the sidelines of the summit was the eight meeting between the two leaders. The frequent high-level interaction is something very important between the leaders to keep their ties — marked with both convergences and differences — going. Modi’s predecessor, Manmohan Singh, had done the same thing. The PM used the opportunity to push for India’s membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group and underlined India’s concern over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
3) Dialogue with new British PM
May deputed three ministers – Preeti Patel, Alok Sharma, and Greg Clarke — to India. Modi said even after Brexit the UK remained an important a partner for India.