An insight into the informal meeting of G20
An insight into the informal meeting of G20
Protests in Hamburg keep Melania Trump from attending the G20 Summit
Melania's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said Hamburg police hasn't cleared the first lady to leave the government guest house where she and President Donald Trump spent the night because of the protesters.
Spouses typically get together while leaders are in meetings during international summits like these. Friday's program for the spouses included a boat ride, lunch and a tour of a climate control center.
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin's handshake captured
Solutions can only be found if we are willing to compromise: Merkel
Angela Merkel told G20 leaders that millions of people are hoping that they can help solve the world's problems. She said she's sure that every leader will make an effort to achieve "good results."
But she added that "solutions can only be found if we are ready to compromise." All the same, Merkel said that leaders also should name their differences. Merkel was speaking at the start of a working lunch at which leaders will discuss global growth and trade.
PM Modi expresses concern over Gulf situation
PM Modi said the geopolitical situation in the Gulf, West Asia and in the Korean Peninsula is a matter of concern as he asked BRICS nations to be a voice for stability, reform, progress and governance at the world stage.
Terrorism is the biggest challenge: PM Modi
"Terrorism is the biggest challenge today and I thank Chancellor Angela Merkel for choosing this theme. It is very important to understand terrorism before taking action. Terrorism has many names but shares the same ideology," said Modi.
World leaders gather for a joint photo-op on sidelines of G20 Summit
Police requests reinforcements from elsewhere in Germany
Hamburg police, which is already being backed up by officers from other German states as well as from Austria, made the request "in order to get relief," a spokesman said.
#BREAKING German police request reinforcements for G20 demos: spokesman— AFP news agency (@AFP) July 7, 2017
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin has a brief encounter at G20
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin shared a brief encounter Friday ahead of their highly anticipated meeting on the sidelines of the Summit. The two leaders had a brief encounter upon arrival, shaking hands and exchanging a few words. Their sit-down meeting may tackle a number of vexing foreign policy issues from the conflict in Syria to Russia's provocations in Ukraine.
Conversation between Modi and Xi lasted 4-5 minutes
News18 quoted sources as saying that the conversation between Modi and Xi at the BRICS informal meeting lasted for about four-five minutes.
G20 to press Trump to rejoin climate deal: Theresa May
"I believe it is possible. We're not renegotiating the Paris Agreement - that stays. But I want to see the United States looking for ways to rejoin it," May said. "I believe the collective message that will be given to President Trump around this table will be the importance of America coming back into that agreement, and I hope we will be able to work to ensure that can happen."
Trump and Putin shake hands for the first time
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin exchanged a handshake for the first time on Friday as they arrived for the G20 summit, the Kremlin said. "They shook hands and said they will meet separately and see each other soon," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
PM Modi urges BRICS leaders to show leadership in boosting global economy
"BRICS has been a strong voice and needs to show leadership on terrorism and global economy," Modi said. He emphasised that the G20 should collectively oppose terrorism financing, franchises, safe havens, support and sponsors.
Read more from his speech here
Police cars torched as protesters clash with police in Hamburg
Protesters clashed with police, torched patrol cars and blocked roads in Hamburg on Friday in fresh violence just before the start of the G20 summit, police said. In the west of the city, a "plume of black smoke" was rising, and cars in some areas had been set alight, the local Hamburg police said separately. Police said demonstrators had blocked several intersections and so-called transfer corridors – roads designated to help delegations move between meetings.
Xi Jinping reciprocates Modi's gesture
Xi wishes India a bigger success for development and says Beijing appreciates New Delhi's stand against terrorism, News18 reported.
Meawhile, Rahul Gandhi asks why is Modi silent on China
Why is our Prime Minister silent on China?— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) July 7, 2017
Modi appreciates the momentum in BRICS under Xi Jinping
The two leaders complimented each other's nations' roles in furthering the objectives of the grouping and the fight against terrorism. Modi appreciated the momentum in BRICS under the chairmanship of President Xi and extended full cooperation and best wishes for the BRICS Xiamen Summit.
President Xi appreciated India's strong resolve against terrorism and the momentum in BRICS introduced under India's chairmanship and through the outcomes of the Goa Summit in 2016.
Hamburg is Merkel's birth city
This port city has been converted into a fortress for the Summit, which is being attended by 4,800 journalists from more than 67 countries. While Hamburg happens to be city of birth for the Summit host Angela Merkel, it is also known as an 'anti-establishment bastion' of Left-wing radicals.
At least 30 protests are expected to be held outside the venue ahead of the Summit that may attract thousands of people, including from anti-capitalist groups.
BRICS has been a strong voice & needs to show leadership on terrorism & global economy: PM at BRICS Leaders' informal meeting in Germany— ANI (@ANI_news) July 7, 2017
Had a 'great' meeting with Merkel, Shinzo Abe: Trump
I wish Xi Jinping for the upcoming BRICS Summit: Modi
Modi wished Chinese President Xi Jinping for the upcoming BRICS Summit and said that India will fully cooperate with China. He also urged all nations to crack down on havens of terror financing and fight terrorism.
PM Modi praises GST ahead of G20 Summit
"The GST is the biggest tax reform in 70 years in India. GDP will expand because of this. It is expected to go beyond 7% this time. GST will give a unified market to 1.3 billion people," says Modi.
G20 nations should fight terror together: Modi
PM Modi pushed the G20 nations to get together and fight terrorism together at the Summit.
Merkel welcomes PM Narendra Modi at G20 Summit
Hamburg is an ideal venue to host the G20 Summit
Hamburg has a lot to offer. Due to its port, which is located right in the heart of the city, Hamburg has had trade relations with much of the world. Situated in the north of the country, it is one of the most popular travel destinations in Germany. Every year, Hamburg welcomes over six million visitors.
Hamburg is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. At the same time it is an economic powerhouse with the highest per-capita gross national product.
Theresa May to urge cutting off terrorism funding
Theresa May is to make cutting off funding for terrorists the centrepiece of her G20 negotiating goals, The Independent reported. She is expected to urge the world leaders to crack down on “permissive environments for terrorist financing”.
Corruption to be a talking point at the Summit
Corruption will be a talking point at the G20 Summit because it is considered as one of the biggest impediments to global economic growth and its sustainable development agenda, reports PTI.
Protesters continue to clash with the police
German police clashed with violent protesters Thursday in Hamburg, using water cannons, pepper spray and batons to disperse marchers after some attacked them with bottles and other objects. Dozens of police officers got injured in the clash, reported Reuters.
Second day of Summit to focus on women empowerment
The second day of the Summit will begin with the third working session on 'partnership with Africa, migration and health' while the fourth working session will be on 'digitisation, women's empowerment and employment'. These two will be followed by a closing session on Saturday evening, after which a joint statement by the G20 leaders will be issued.
G20 Leaders Retreat to focus on fighting terrorism
The G20 Summit will begin on Friday with Merkel welcoming the world leaders, followed by 'G20 Leaders' Retreat' where the topic of discussion will be 'fighting terrorism'.
The first working session will be on 'global growth and trade', followed by the second session on 'sustainable development, climate and energy'. The world leaders will also attend a musical concert on Friday evening, followed by a dinner for them and their spouses, reported News18.
G20 policies insufficient to meet Paris Accord objectives: Study
Without clear policy pathways, G20 policies will remain insufficient to meet Paris Agreement objectives
Donald Trump facing isolation over his climate change stance: Merkel
Trump may have vowed to pull the US out of the 2015 climate protection deal, but "many many other countries want to go on implementing" it, Merkel said.
Efforts to halt climate change is a key issue that world leaders are struggling to find consensus on.
Peaceful protesters are welcome: German government
The German government has called on protesters to demonstrate peacefully. "Peaceful protesters are wanted and welcome in a democracy, but not violent ones," said the interior minister. "We will keep Hamburg safe during the Summit."
The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold meetings with leaders of countries like Canada, Japan, and the UK on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg but ruled out any scheduled bilateral meet with Chinese president Xi Jinping.
"The prime minister is visiting Hamburg from 6-8 July for G-20 Summit. His pre-planned bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit are with Argentina, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico, ROK (Republic of Korea), the UK and Vietnam," External affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said when asked about Narendra Modi's schedule in Hamburg.
"In addition, he will also participate in the BRICS Leaders' meeting. There is no change in the prime minister's schedule," he said, suggesting that there was no scheduled bilateral meeting between Modi and Xi.
Comments by Baglay, who is accompanying Modi on his overseas trip, came after Chinese foreign ministry officials also ruled out the possibility of a Xi-Modi meet.
China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Doka La area near the Bhutan tri-junction for past 19 days after a Chinese army's construction party attempted to build a road.
Fighting terrorism, climate change and global trade will be at the core when Prime Minister Modi and leaders from the world's other top economies assemble in Hamburg for a two-day G20 Summit beginning on Friday.
With inputs from PTI
Published Date: Jul 07, 2017 17:18 PM | Updated Date: Jul 07, 2017 17:45 PM
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