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PM Modi meets Zelensky for the first time since Russia-Ukraine war

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Hiroshima. The meeting was seen as an important milestone as it was the first face-to-face conversation between the two leaders since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February last year. The Prime Minister’s office shared the news of this meeting on social media and said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with President Zelensky on the sidelines of the G-7 Summit in Hiroshima.”

During the conversation, he said that the war in Ukraine is a big problem for the world and the world is affected by this war. It is not just a war issue, but a larger issue of economics, politics and humanity; Prime Minister Modi also said that India and he will do whatever it takes to resolve this war. Media reports say that Prime Minister Modi described the Ukraine issue as a humanitarian issue for him.

Prime Minister Modi arrived in Hiroshima yesterday as he embarked on his three-nation tour that includes visits to Papua New Guinea and Australia, besides attending the annual G7 summit. President Zelensky’s attendance at the G7 summit was the result of an invitation extended by Japan, the current chair of the influential group.

The G7 summit is an annual meeting of the leaders of the world’s seven largest economies. The group includes representatives from the European Union and Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US. The summit provides a platform for these leaders to discuss and coordinate their efforts on various global issues including economic cooperation, international security, climate change and sustainable development.

The G7 (formerly known as the G8 until Russia’s withdrawal in 2014) represents a forum for leaders to engage in open discussions, exchange ideas and find common ground in addressing global challenges. Summits usually consist of a series of formal and informal meetings. Bilateral discussions also take place simultaneously, allowing leaders to address specific issues and develop stronger relationships. Apart from G7 members, summits often invite representatives of other countries and international organizations as guests or observers. This allows for a broader perspective and inclusive dialogue.


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Prime Minister Modi will participate in the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan for the fourth time. Apart from the G7 summit, Modi attends more than 40 events. According to the Prime Minister’s Office, Prime Minister Modi will hold talks with more than 24 world leaders. Bilateral talks will be held with some leaders. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida had invited Modi to attend the G7 summit. Apart from India, Japan has invited seven other countries. China and Russia will not be present at the G7 summit. In other words, the G7 conference has in a way become a giant Western organization against China and Russia.

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