Indian prime minister to attend G7 summit in Germany

New Delhi, Jun 22 (EFE).- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to head to Germany to represent India as a specially invited country during the upcoming G7 summit on Jun. 26-27, set to be held in the city of Elmau in the Bavaria province.

During the summit, Modi is expected to speak on issues of common interest, such as “environment, energy, climate, food security, health, gender equality and democracy,” the Indian foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

The summit will also be attended by representatives from Argentina, Indonesia, Senegal and South Africa, other countries that have been invited “in an effort to strengthen international collaboration on these important issues,” according to the release.

On the sidelines of the event, the Indian leader is expected to hold bilateral meetings with some of the leaders of participating nations.

The invitation to Modi to attend the regular meeting of the bloc – which consists of Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom – “is in keeping with the tradition of strong and close partnership and high-level political contacts between India and Germany,” the ministry said.

This is the Indian prime minister’s second official visit to Germany this year, after he took part in the sixth edition of the India-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) on May 2.

The G7 summit at Elmau is being held between the European Council in Brussels – set to kick off on Thursday – and the NATO summit in Madrid, scheduled to start on Jun. 29. The Ukraine crisis is expected to dominate both the meetings.

After concluding his stay in Germany, Modi is set to make a stop in the United Arab Emirates on the way back on Tuesday to express his condolences over the death of the erstwhile head of state Khalifa bin Zayed.

The leader will also congratulate the successor, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on his election as the new president of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi after his father’s death last month. EFE


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