PM Modi in Japan today for G7 summit, energy security

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Japan on Friday to attend the G7 summit. The Prime Minister is visiting the East Asian country at the invitation of his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida.

Japan is hosting the G7 summit as the current chair of the powerful grouping. PM Modi will be in Hiroshima for the G7 summit from May 19 to May 21. He is expected to speak on global challenges including food, fertilizer and energy security.

In his departure statement, PM Modi said his presence at the G7 summit is “especially meaningful” as India is chairing the G20 this year. It will be a pleasure to meet Prime Minister (Fumio) Kishida again after his recent visit to India for the India-Japan Summit. My presence at this G7 summit is especially meaningful as India is chairing the G20 this year,” he said.

“I look forward to exchanging views with the G7 countries and other invited partners on the challenges the world is facing and the need to collectively address them,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that he would hold a bilateral meeting with the leaders attending the G7 Summit. The G7 includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US — and the highly advanced countries of the European Union (EU). The broad agenda of the G7 meeting will revolve around nuclear disarmament, economic resilience, economic security, regional issues, climate change, energy security, food and health.

According to Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra, India is expected to attend two formal sessions on May 20 and May 21. The first session will focus on food, development, health and gender equality. The second session will be on Climate, Energy and Environment and the third will be on ‘Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous World’.

Meanwhile, ahead of the G7 summit, the United States and the United Kingdom have separately said they plan to impose sanctions on Russia for repeated attacks in neighboring Ukraine.

The Ukraine war, now in its second year, is expected to top the agenda during the G7 summit.

Ever since Russia invaded Ukraine in February last year, Britain And the US and its allies, including the European Union, have continued to crack down on Russia through sanctions. Several sanctions have so far been imposed by Washington against Russian President Vladimir Putin, the financial sector and oligarchs.

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