Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Osaka ahead of the G 20 summit. Speaking in the bilateral meeting with Japan, PM Modi thanked Shinzo Abe for his congratulatory message on his victory in the Lok Sabha elections 2019. He then added that the world is focussing on the vibrant democracy and the vastness of the country.
Briefing the media, MEA said that it was a warm meeting because the two PMs are old friends. He then said that Japanese PM Abe began with the expectations of the G 20 meeting, including a focus on the global economy. He spoke on PM's talk on earlier G 20 meetings on the fugitive economic offender and said that G 20 should find a way to tackle it as a part of anti-corruption measures. He emphasized that G 20 should come up with an idea and focus on climate change.
MEA enlisted the range of topics on which talks were held:
As the meeting commenced between the two nations, Prime Minister Modi said:
"The way in which Japan welcomed my delegation and me, I am grateful. The way in which you have fulfilled your role as the chairman of the G 20 summit, I congratulate you on that. This is the new Reiwa era in Japan and I extend my best wishes to the country and I am glad that the President of India will attend the ceremony. Thank you once again for the congratulations, you were the first friend of India who congratulated me, on phone. I also express my gratitude for the warm welcome you and Japan Government have accorded to us."
Responding to Prime Minister Modi, Shinzo Abe said:
"Once again would like to offer my hearty congratulations to you for an overwhelming win in elections. Also, next time it is my turn to visit India and I am looking forward to my visit."
Meanwhile, India has participated in all the G20 summits held so far and will host the summit in 2022 for the first time. PM Modi will hold 10 bilateral meetings, including the ones with France, Japan, Indonesia, US, and Turkey, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan. Besides India and the host Japan, other participants are the US, UK, European Union, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Russia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Korea, South Africa, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.