Although India is not a member of the G7 group, Prime Minister Modi will attend the G7 Summit as a special guest as he has been personally invited by French President Emmanuel Macron. External Affairs Ministry has said that the invitation is a reflection of the personal chemistry between the two leaders and also recognition of India as a major economic power.
Prime Minister arrived in Biarritz from Manama yesterday after concluding his three-nation tour to France, the UAE and Bahrain. The countries which are part of the G7 include the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the US.
On the sidelines of the G7 Summit, Prime Minister Modi held meetings with his British counterpart Boris Johnson and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. During his meeting with his British counterpart, Mr Modi discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in areas like trade, investment, defence and education.
This is the first meeting between the two leaders after Johnson became Prime Minister last month. During a telephone call last week, Prime Minister Johnson told Prime MinisterModi that Kashmir remains a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan as far as the UK’s view is concerned.
In a tweet, Prime Minister’s Office said, Prime Minister Modi and UN Secretary-General held fruitful discussions on a wide range of issues of mutual interest. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the two leaders exchanged their views on India’s participation at the Climate Action Summit at the UN and other issues of mutual interest.