Hamburg, July 7: On the first day of G-20 Summit, world leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Donald Trump vowed to eliminate terrorism across the globe.
“We, the Leaders of the G20, strongly condemn all terrorist attacks worldwide and stand united and firm in the fight against terrorism and its financing. These atrocious acts have strengthened our resolve to cooperate to enhance our security and protect our citizens. Terrorism is a global scourge that must be fought and terrorist safe havens eliminated in every part of the world,” a joint statement said.
PM Modi without naming Pakistan, said some countries were using terror as a tool to accomplish political objectives and pitched for “deterrent” joint action against such countries.
The 12th edition of G20 Summit began as German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other world leaders at Hamburg. While on sidelines meeting of BRICS leaders took place.
Ahead of the Summit, Modi wished Chinese President Xi Jinping and assured to cooperate with China.
At the informal meeting, Indian Prime Minister said BRICS has been a strong voice & needs to show leadership on terrorism and global economy.
He highlighted India achievements, said India’s economic growth, along with countries in the BRICS, is surging ahead adding, the country’s GDP growth touched 7 percent in the recent quarter.
On newly implemented Goods and Services Tax (GST), Modi stated it will benefit businesses.
However, amidst a stand-off between the Indian and Chinese armies in the Sikkim section, Chinese President Xi Jinping praised India’s success in economic and social development and wished India even bigger success.
President Xi also appreciated India’s strong resolve against terrorism and the momentum in BRICS introduced under India’s Chairmanship and through the outcomes of the Goa Summit in 2016.
Meanwhile, PM Modi also appreciated Chinese President Xi Jinping, by saying under his chairmanship there has been positive momentum in BRICS and wished him for upcoming summits.
The two leaders have not scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Beijing due to the ongoing border dispute.
After successfully wrapping up a three-day visit to Israel Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Germany on Thursday to attend this year’s G20 Summit on July 7-8.
Today, Modi will attend the leaders’ retreat where heads of state and authorities of the G20 countries will hold talks with each other informally.
A series of bilateral meetings between Modi and the leaders of Argentina, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Britain and Vietnam have also been scheduled in Hamburg.