Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said he looked forward to discussing major challenges like terrorism and climate change with global leaders at the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan on 28-29 June.

In a statement before his departure for Japan to attend the summit, he said the summit would provide an important opportunity to India to reiterate and reinforce its strong support to reformed multilateralism, which was crucial for preserving rule-based international order in today’s fast-changing world.

“I look forward to discussing the major challenges and opportunities faced by our world today with other global leaders. Women Empowerment, issues related to digitalisation and artificial intelligence, and progress in achieving SDGs and in our common efforts to address major global challenges such as terrorism and climate change form the rich agenda of the summit,” he said.

Modi said the summit would also be a platform for sharing India’s strong developmental experience of the last five years which provided the basis for a resounding mandate by the people of India to his government to continue on the path to progress and stability.

“The Osaka Summit will also be an important stepping stone for India towards hosting the G-20 Summit in 2022 when we usher in a New India in the 75th Anniversary year of our Independence,” he said.

He said that on the sidelines, he looked forward to engaging with leaders of India’s major partner countries on important issues of bilateral and global importance.

He also looked forward to hosting the next Russia, India and China (RIC) Informal Summit on the margins of the G-20 Summit, and also to participate in the next informal meetings of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and JAI (Japan, America and India) leaders.