G20 Summit 2018: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to discuss India’s role in addressing the issue of climate change globally. The meeting came two weeks ahead of the COP24 meet in Katowice, Poland. The UN Secretary has reached out to the PM Modi for the second time in the last two months, media reports said. Before that, PM also shared greetings and discussions with Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has been hitting headlines over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey’s Saudi consulate, they spoke about ways to boost economic, cultural and energy ties.
PM Modi is scheduled to visit US President Donald Trump and Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe to hold a trilateral meeting amid its common hostile partner, China’s growing economic and military expansions. The trilateral, which is the first-ever trilateral meeting, is an expansion of the bilateral talks between the US and India, it is a part of the slew of meetings the US would hold on the sidelines of G20 summit on November 30 and December 1.
Soon after landing in Argentina, PM Modi tweeted that he is looking forward to a wide range of vivid interactions at the G20 summit, aimed at further deepening ties with the many countries.
PM is also scheduled to meet his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G20 summit, the Ministry of External Affairs said via Twitter. He reportedly will be in Buenos Aires from November 29 to December 1.