PM Modi meets Saudi Crown Prince, UN Secretary-General on sidelines of G20 summit

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina for the 2018 G20 summit, which is scheduled to begin on Friday.

“After a 24hr journey, PM @narendramodi arrives in Buenos Aires for the #G20Summit. The next 48 hrs will witness PM’s participation at the Summit as well as in many other plurilateral and bilateral meetings on the margins of the Summit,” Ministry of External affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

Prime Minister Modi was welcomed by Indian community at the hotel in Buenos Aires.

“Far away from India but the love for their country remains strong as ever! Enthusiastic members of the Indian community welcome PM @narendramodi on his arrival at the Hotel in #buenosaires,” Raveesh Kumar added.

Modi met with Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires and they discussed ways to further boost economic, cultural and energy ties.

The two sides also held discussions on enhancing investment in technology, renewable energy and food security.

“Had a fruitful interaction with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud. We discussed multiple aspects of India-Saudi Arabia relations and ways to further boost economic, cultural and energy ties,” Modi tweeted.

“Deepening strategic ties. PM @narendramodi met with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud on sidelines of #G20Argentina. Discussed enhancing Saudi investment in technology, infrastructure, petroleum, renewable energy, food security, fintech & defence sectors,” Kumar tweeted.

Prime Minister Modi later, met with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the G20 summit and the two discussed India’s role in addressing climate change globally.

Raveesh Kumar said., “UN Secretary General @antonioguterres met PM @narendramodi in #BuenosAires on the sidelines of the #G20Summit. Discussed India’s uniting role in addressing climate change globally, with specific reference to the forthcoming COP24 meeting in Katowice, Poland.”

According to the PMO sources, the meeting signifies the importance that both leaders attach to the issue of climate change.

On the sidelines of the two-day 13th G-20 summit, Prime Minister Modi, US President Donald Trump and Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe will hold a trilateral meeting amidst China flexing its muscles in the strategic Indo-Pacific region.

The trilateral, which would be an expansion of the bilateral meeting between Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe, is part of the series of meetings the US president would have on the sidelines of the G-20 summit on November 30 and December 1.