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PM Modi to take up several important issues with global leaders during G20 Summit


(L to R) Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrive for the opening ceremony of the G20 Leaders Summit in Hangzhou on September 4, 2016. G20 leaders confront a sluggish global economy and the winds of populism as they open annual talks, but the long war in Syria and the South China Sea territorial dispute hang over the summit. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / NICOLAS ASFOURI

Hangzhou: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived here on Friday night to attend the G20 Summit on September 4 and 5, will take up multiple issues of India’s interest with various global leaders on the sidelines of the Summit.

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“During the visit, India will take up issues like cross-border mobility of professionals, terror financing, tax evasion and reduction in remittance transaction cost among others,” said Secretary (West) Sujata Mehta, while briefing the media on the G20 Summit in New Delhi.

She said the Summit is an important “leaders only forum”, which offers a lot of opportunities to hold discussions on matters beyond the provided themes.

She, however, mentioned that due to the Prime Minister’s tight schedule, bilateral talks with other leaders will depend on the availability of time, while adding that there will be a customary meeting with the host of the summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping.

She also said Prime Minister Modi will be the lead speaker at the session on inclusive and inter connected development.

It would be the first meeting between Prime Minister Modi and President Jinping after their meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit held in Uzbekistan capital Tashkent.

Before embarking on the two-nation journey, Prime Minister Modi in a Facebook post said, “I will visit Hangzhou, China from 3-5 September 2016 for the Annual G-20 Leaders Summit. I will arrive in Hangzhou from Vietnam where I would have concluded an important bilateral visit.

“During the G-20 Summit, I will have an opportunity to engage with other world leaders on pressing international priorities and challenges. We will discuss putting the global economy on the track of sustainable steady growth and responding to emerging and entrenched social, security and economic challenges.

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“India will engage constructively on all the issues before us and work towards finding solutions and taking forward the agenda for a robust, inclusive and sustainable international economic order that uplifts the socio-economic conditions of people across the world, especially those who need it most in developing countries. I look forward to a productive and outcome oriented Summit.”