G20 summit: Narendra Modi meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, UN chief Antonio Guterres
The prime minister discussed energy and economic ties with the Saudi leader and the upcoming climate change conference in Poland with Guterres.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the Group of 20, or G20, economic summit in Argentina’s Buenos Aires, reported PTI. The summit is set to take place on Friday and Saturday.
Modi and the Saudi leader discussed ways to “boost economic, cultural and energy ties”. They also discussed enhancing investment in technology, renewable energy and food security over the next three years, PTI reported.
“Crown Prince informed PM that Saudi will be finalising an initial investment into national infrastructure fund,” ANI quoted Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale as saying. “He referred to future prospects for investment in tech, agricultural and energy sectors. PM, in particular, stressed upon importance of having stable energy prices.”
During his meeting with Guterres, Modi discussed India’s “uniting role in addressing climate change globally”. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said Modi and Guterres discussed the 2018 UN Climate Change Conference or “COP 24”, which is set to be held in Poland from December 3 to December 14, reported ANI.
The prime minister also attended a yoga event “Yoga for Peace” in Buenos Aires. “Yoga is India’s gift to the world for health, wellness and peace,” he said, according to PTI.
Modi said that yoga has helped bridge the vast distance between India and Argentina. “It is connecting the two countries and their people,” he said.
The prime minister is set to hold a trilateral meeting with United States President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. US White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday said the trilateral meeting will be held towards the end of bilateral talks between Trump and Abe. Modi will also meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the event, according to the Ministry of External Affairs.