PM Narendra Modi to visit Argentina from Nov 28-Dec 2 for G20 Summit; to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping

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New Delhi | Updated: November 27, 2018 9:50 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave on a five-day visit to Argentina Wednesday where he will attend the G-20 summit and hold bilateral meetings with a number of leaders, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said.

The PM will return on December 2. (File)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Argentina from November 28 to December 2 to participate in the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires during which he will also meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and leaders of other participating nations, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Tuesday. PM Modi will also highlight the risks posed by oil price volatility and raise the issue of combating terror financing and money laundering, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said.

One of the issues that will be discussed is strengthening of the WTO, he told reporters. The meeting is being held amid the ongoing trade war between the US and China.

“Our interest is two-fold that the G20 issue is not hijacked by the single issue of trade, whether it is between two countries or otherwise.

“And secondly how we can constructively reform the WTO which serves India’s interest and which is multilateral. That is going to be one of the focal points of this G20 meeting, or certainly of India’s position at the G20 meeting,” Gokhale said.

He said the G20 Summit must cover the entire gamut of economic issues, including the agricultural sector reform, the challenges climate change poses and health-care issues faced by the world.

The theme of the G20 Summit is ‘Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development’.

Detailing Modi’s visit, Gokhale said the prime minister will make a lead intervention in a session on ‘Putting People First’ that is essentially on the global economy. The second session is on talks of building consensus which will deal with trade, finance, taxation, sustainable development and climate change.

The third session will be on ‘Embracing Opportunities’ and these are related to energy infrastructure, sustainable food security. The prime minister will be making subsidiary interventions in the other two sessions, Gokhale said.

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