Bali: On the fringes of the 17th G20 Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with his colleague from the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak, for the first time since taking office.
“Prime Ministers @narendramodi and @RishiSunak in conversation during the first day of the @g20org Summit in Bali,” PM Modi’s Office said in a tweet.
This is the first time the two leaders have spoken face to face. In a previous phone call in October, PM Modi and Sunak stressed the significance of swiftly concluding “a balanced and comprehensive” Free Trade Agreement between the two nations.
PM Modi met with US President Joe Biden, Dutch PM Mark Rutte, and President of the Republic of Senegal Macky Sall when he landed in Bali on Monday.
“Deliberations with an important developmental partner in Africa. PM @narendramodi interacted with President @Macky_Sall, the President of Senegal and Chairman of the African Union. @PR_Senegal,” PMO tweeted.
PMO also said, “Multilateral summits present wonderful opportunities for leaders to exchange views on diverse issues. Prime Ministers @narendramodi and Mark Rutte interact during the @g20org Summit in Bali.”
Earlier today, PM Modi addressed the G20 working session on Food and Energy Security session and reiterated India’s long-standing position in favour of dialogue and diplomacy in Ukraine and said “‘We have to find a way to return to the path of the ceasefire” in Kyiv.
“I have repeatedly said that we have to find a way to return to the path of ceasefire and diplomacy in Ukraine,” PM said.
“Over the past century, the Second World War wreaked havoc in the world. After that, the leaders of that time made a serious effort to take the path of peace. Now it’s our turn. The onus of creating a new world order for the post-Covid period lies on our shoulders. The need of the hour is to show concrete and collective resolve to ensure peace, harmony and security in the world,” he added.
Invoking India as the “holy country of Buddha and Gandhi,” Prime Minister Modi expressed his confidence that the G20 members will all agree to send a clear message of peace to the globe at their meeting the following year.
In the opening of his speech, PM Modi praised Indonesia for its G-20 leadership in the face of difficult global conditions. The Covid pandemic, the developments in Ukraine, and the attendant global issues, he said, have all wreaked devastation on the planet.
“Global supply chains are in ruins. There is a crisis of essentials and essential goods all over the world. The challenge for the poor citizens of every country is more severe. Everyday life was already a struggle for them. They do not have the financial capacity to deal with the double whammy. Due to the double whammy, they lack the financial capacity to handle it. We should also not hesitate to acknowledge that multilateral institutions such as the UN have been unsuccessful on these issues. And we have all failed to make suitable reforms to them. Therefore, today the world has greater expectations from the G-20, and the relevance of our group has become more significant,” PM Modi added.
When discussing the difficulties encountered during the pandemic, the PM stated that India has secured the food security of its 1.3 billion residents. Food grains were also provided at the same time to numerous underdeveloped nations. In terms of food security, the current fertiliser scarcity is likewise a major concern.
The world will not have a solution, he continued, and the fertiliser shortage “is tomorrow’s food problem.”
According to PM Modi, all G20 nations must develop a consensus in order to keep the supply chain for both manure and food grains secure.
“In India, for sustainable food security, we are promoting natural farming and re-popularising nutritious and traditional food grains like millets. Millets can also solve global malnutrition and hunger. We all must celebrate the International Year of Millets with great enthusiasm next year,” he added.