Osaka, June 27: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka on Thursday.
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe welcomed Modi and said, ” Once again would like to offer my hearty congratulations to you for an overwhelming win in elections. Also, next time it is my turn to visit India and I am looking forward to my visit.”
Both the leaders discussed broad range of topics of mutual interest.
The Indian diaspora in Japan arrived in large numbers to welcome the prime minister at the airport. The PM was seen responding to their greetings with a smile and reciprocated their love by shaking hands with them.
Children waved the Tricolour and chanted ‘Modi Modi’ in the prime minister’s welcome. Modi was seen going to each one of them and shaking hands with them.
Modi is expected to meet several global leaders, including US President Donald Trump, on the sidelines of the event. The PM will also hold bilateral talks with Japan Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. This is the sixth G20 Summit, being held from June 28-29, PM Modi is attending.
PM Modi released a statement stating that he looks forward to discuss the major challenges and opportunities faced by the world today with other nations. “Women Empowerment, issues related to digitalization and artificial intelligence, and progress in achieving SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and in our common efforts to address major global challenges such as terrorism and climate change form the rich agenda of the Summit,” he said.
“The Summit will provide an important opportunity to reiterate and reinforce our strong support to reformed multilateralism, which is crucial for preserving rule-based international order in today’s fast changing world. The Summit will also be a platform for sharing India’s strong developmental experience of the last five years, which provided the basis for a resounding mandate by the people of India to the Government to continue on the path to progress and stability,” added PM Modi.