Washington DC: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Prime Ministers of Japan, Canada and UK on the sidelines of Nuclear Security Summit here on 1 April.
PM Modi discussed with Japanese PM Abe the Special Strategic and Global Partnership with Japan.
Abe thanked PM Modi for the excellent hospitality during his bilateral visit to India in December 2015 and described his visit to Varanasi as unforgettable.
Abe acknowledged that under Modi’s leadership, the Indian economy was now serving as the engine of global growth. The two leaders reviewed the decisions taken during Abe’s visit and expressed satisfaction at the strong pace of implementation.
The Japanese PM conveyed that a survey Mission will be coming from Japan in May to take forward the Convention Centre project in Varanasi. They also discussed measures to promote further trade and investment.
Modi thanked Abe for Japan’s strong participation in the International Fleet Review. The two leaders also discussed the continuing threat of terrorism and the need for the International community to eschew selective approaches. They also reviewed global and regional issues.
In his meeting with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Modi said new energy and dynamism has been imparted to relations between the two countries, since he (Trudeau) assumed office. He spoke of immense possibilities for further expanding the relationship in the economic sphere. He recalled his meeting with the heads of Canadian pension funds during his visit to Canada last year, and observed that some of these funds are now Investing in India.
The Canadian Prime Minister congratulated Prime Minister Modi for his intervention during the NSS dinner yesterday, and said Canada and India can be leaders in efforts towards non-proliferation.
Prime Minister Modi also spoke of India’s thrust towards renewable energy. He mentioned smart cities, urban infrastructure and skill development as areas where Canada could further deepen its engagement with India. He also mentioned India’s progressive policy in the hydrocarbon sector, and sought Canadian cooperation in the areas of coal gasification and underground mining of coal.
Prime Minister Trudeau accepted Prime Minister Modi’s invitation to visit India.
Modi also met with Prime Minister of United Kingdom David Cameron. Both leaders recalled the Indian PM’s visit to the UK last year. Defence cooperation came up for discussion and Modi mentioned that the UK could be a partner in the Make in India initiative, especially in the defence sector.
Visa issues also came up for discussion.