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Osaka [Japan], June 27: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to meet and hold dialogues with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday in Osaka on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

According to ANI news reports, Modi has reached Japan early this morning to attend the Group of 20 (G20) summit. Indian diaspora has welcomed Modi as Swissotel Nanki hotel.

In a tweet, Modi said, “Reached Osaka to join the #G20 Summit. Grateful to the dynamic Indian community for the warm welcome!”

Meanwhile, the Japanese PM also arrived in Osaka and is also expected to hold a series of bilateral meetings.

The prime minister office of Japan tweeted, “Prime Minister Abe arrived in Osaka and will soon start a series of bilateral meetings ahead of the G20 Summit.”

At his arrival, Abe said, “PM Abe: The first G20 Summit to be hosted by Japan is about to convene. I will serve as the chair of the meeting. In the airplane on the way to Osaka, I am confirming various points as part of my final preparations.”

Just after arriving in Osaka, Abe met with the European Union (EU) presidents and reaffirmed the strong bilateral relations and cooperation, and the leaders also expressed their strong commitment to send a message through the G20 summit.

Besides Abe, the Indian prime minister is also expected to address several bilateral and plurilateral meetings, including a meet with United States President Donald Trump.

Before departing to Osaka, Modi has stated he was looking forward to discussing several major challenges and the opportunities the world has faced with other world powers.

He said, “Women empowerment, issues related to digitalization and artificial intelligence, and progress in achieving sustainable development goals and in our common efforts to address major global challenges such as terrorism and climate change form the rich agenda of the summit.”

Modi said the summit will offer a vital opportunity to reinforce New Delhi’s support to “reformed multilateralism”- crucial for preventing international order in the world.

He said the issues like fighting global challenges – climate change and terrorism – will top the discussions and will behave as a platform to share development experience of India of last five years.

Modi is slated to hold 10 bilateral meetings with Turkey, the United States, Indonesia, Japan, and France on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

 

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