PM Modi arrives home after attending G-20 Summit

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived home on Tuesday morning after attending the G-20 Summit at Antalya.

Prime Minister Modi was received by Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay and other party leaders on his arrival here.

Before leaving for New Delhi, he extended his gratitude to Turkish President Recep Erdogan for the hospitality during his stay.

On the sidelines of the G-20 Summit, Prime Minister Modi held bilaterals with Australia, Spain and Turkey and met with the King of Saudi Arabia Salman Al Saud.

Addressing news persons at Antalya, Ministry of External Affairs ( MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed keen interest in having the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with India. He also showed interest in enhancing connectivity including air links and easy visa regime.

Prime Minister Modi extended invitation to Turkey to invest in India’s infrastructure projects and highlighted the recent Foreign Domestic Investment reforms initiatives. Both agreed to take a serious look at the counter-terror mechanism. Prime Minister Modi underscored the need to reforms in the UN Security Council.

Asserting that India’s goals were in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations, Prime Minister Modi earlier urged the G-20 nations to fulfil the global aspiration for clean energy to tackle the universal problem of terrorism.

The Prime Minister also pledged to increase India’s renewable power capacity four-fold to 175 gigawatt by 2022 and cut fossil fuel subsidies and asked the world’s top economies to ensure reaching the target of 100 billion USD a year green climate fund by 2020.

He also pushed ahead his proposal for forming an alliance of solar-rich countries at the upcoming Climate Summit in Paris and said that the G-20 nations must build support systems focused on nations with maximum growth potential.

In his lead intervention at the G-20 Working Lunch on Development and Climate Change, the Prime Minister offered seven points for consideration which include shift from ‘carbon credit’ to ‘green credit’ and increase in share of traffic on public transport in cities by 30 percent by 2030.

He said the G-20 can play an effective role in supporting the multilateral goals of increasing research and development to develop affordable renewable energy.

Prime Minister Modi said all elements of the WTO’s Bali pact should be fully implemented for realizing a transparent and non-discriminatory global trading system.

In his intervention at the G-20 working lunch on ‘Trade and Energy’, he said the global trade slowdown was a major concern and prospects for rise in trade momentum remain bleak.

Stating that efforts to accelerate global economic growth will help trade, he said a transparent, equitable, non-discriminatory and rule-based global trading system is important for the international economy.

During Prime Minister Modi’s visit, India and Australia finalised their nuclear deal, which will make it possible for New Delhi to source uranium from Canberra.

After the first meeting between Prime Minister Modi and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit, they announced the exchange of instruments of ratification between the two countries. (ANI)