G20 Summit: PM Modi to meet Trump on Friday, will take part in JAI, RIC trilateral meetings

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Osaka, Japan for the 14th G20 summit, will be meeting US President Donald Trump on Friday, his first meeting since the commencement of his second term.

The meeting comes just one day after US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo met PM Modi in Delhi during his 3-day India visit.

During his meet with the Prime Minister on Wednesday, Secretary Pompeo conveyed the greetings sent by US President Trump to the Prime Minister and congratulated Modi on his electoral victory, according to a statement by the Indian government.

Meanwhile, Modi reiterated the priority that he attaches to relations with the US and outlined his vision for “Strategic Partnership” in the new tenure of the government and even beyond.

In addition to this, Prime Minister Modi will be meeting Prime Minister of Thailand PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President of South Korea Moon Jae-in, and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel on the first day of the two-day G20 summit. This is the sixth G20 summit that Modi will be participating in since 2014.

On Friday, he will attend two trilateral summits as well – the JAI (Japan, America, India trilateral and the RIC (Russia, India, China trilateral.

The Prime Minister arrived in Japan on Thursday morning and in a tweet said, “Reached Osaka to join the #G20 Summit. Grateful to the dynamic Indian community for the warm welcome!”

Modi will also be present at the informal BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa meet that day.

The first meeting of the JAI grouping happened in December 2018 on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina. While RIC has been an earlier grouping, it was revived only last year when leaders of all the 3 countries – Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met on the sidelines of last year’s G20 summit.

All in all, the Prime Minister will be attending 10 bilaterals and more than 5 pull-asides on the sidelines of G20 summit.