Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Germany to attend G7 summit

Prime Minister Modi is attending the G7 summit, which will be held on June 26-27, at the invitation of German Chancellor Olaf Schulz. Germany is hosting the summit as president of the Group of Seven, a gathering of the seven richest countries in the world.

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The G7 leaders are expected to focus on the Ukraine crisis, which has led to geopolitical turmoil as well as fueling the global food and energy crisis.

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“During the summit sessions, I will exchange views with G7 countries, G7 partner countries and guest international organizations on topical issues such as environment, energy, climate, food security, health, counter-terrorism, gender equality and democracy,” Modi said in a statement ahead of his visit.

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Foreign Minister Vinay Mohan Kwatra said on Friday that Modi will hold bilateral meetings and discussions with G7 leaders and guest countries on the sidelines of the G7 summit.

Besides India, G7 summit host Germany invited Argentina, Indonesia, Senegal and South Africa as guests at the summit to recognize the democracies of the Global South as its partners.

Modi said he is also looking forward to meeting members of the Indian diaspora from all over Europe, who contribute significantly to their local economies as well as enrich India’s relations with European countries.

From Germany, Modi will travel to the United Arab Emirates on June 28 to offer his condolences on the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the former president of the Gulf state.

Sheikh Khalifa passed away on May 13 after suffering from illness for the past several years.

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