Modi discusses various issues with Japanese PM, other leaders

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida and leaders of South Korea and Vietnam on sidelines of the G-7 Summit in Japanese city of Hiroshima.

The Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement: The leaders discussed ways to synergise efforts of their respective G-20 and G-7 Presidencies. Modi stressed the need to highlight the concerns and priorities of Global South.

Both the sides exchanged views on contemporary regional developments and ways of deepening cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. “The leaders agreed on ways to further strengthen the bilateral Special Strategic and Global Partnership.

Discussions focused on areas of education, skill development, tourism, Lifestyle for Environment, green hydrogen, high technology, semiconductors and digital public infrastructure. Combating terrorism and reform of the UN was also discussed,” it added. Modi aslo met President of South Korea Yoon Suk Yeol and reviewed the progress of India-Korea Special Strategic Partnership. They discussed ways to cement bilateral cooperation in areas of trade and investment, high technology, IT hardware manufacturing, defense, semiconductors and culture.

Modi welcomed Korea’s Indo-Pacific strategy and exchanged views on regional developments. He also met his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh on the sidelines of G-7 Summit. Both sides assessed progress in bilateral Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and agreed to widen high level exchanges and cement bilateral trade and investment ties. “They also discussed opportunities in the fields of defence, building resilient supply chains, energy, science and technology, human resource development, culture and people to people ties,” the statement said.

Leaders of G7 countries, a global platform of the most powerful economies in the world including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US are meeting in Japan to discuss several issues of global importance including economic resilience, economic security, nuclear disarmament, regional issues, energy security, climate change, food security and health.

Japan, which is holding the G7 presidency, also invited Australia, Brazil, Comoros, Cook Islands, India, Indonesia, South Korea and Vietnam.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

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