Prime Minister Narendra Modi will call for a joint fight by the global community against terrorism and seek stringent action against fugitive economic offenders when he addresses the G-20 Summit in Osaka (Japan) next week.
On the margins of the 27-29 June summit, Modi will hold bilateral meetings with key world leaders, including US President Donald Trump, and attend some multilateral meetings. He will also participate in the meetings of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and RIC (Russia, India and China) leaders during the visit.
Briefing the media here on Friday, former Union Minister Suresh Prabhu, who is the PM’s ‘Sherpa’ for the G-20 Summit, said the G-20 has become an important platform over the years to deal with economic and other global issues. Members of the G-20 represent nearly 85 per cent of the world’s GDP, he noted.
He said the PM would highlight the threat posed by terrorism to global peace and call for a concerted campaign to root out the menace. “We will definitely highlight the issue of terrorism since India is one of the biggest sufferers of this menace,” he added.
Prabhu said India would also raise issues like global economic stability, reformed multilateralism, energy security, climate change, global health and quality infrastructure.
Asked if the summit would also discuss the issue of protectionism which has come under close scrutiny in recent months, he said India was of the considered opinion that there should be no trade barriers. “We strongly believe multilateralism should prevail…there should be no artificial trade barriers,” he added.
On whether India has drawn up any strategy for Modi’s meeting with Trump in view of the ongoing friction between the two countries on trade-related issues, Prabhu noted that the US was one of India’s largest trading partners. The two countries enjoy a robust relationship in diverse fields. Therefore, trade disputes between them were inevitable. “We are not worried about issues between us…our effort should be to find ways to resolve them.”