India part of two trilaterals at G20 involing US, Japan and Russia, China

Indo Asian News Service

Buenos Aires, Nov 29 (IANS) In an apparent reflection of Indias growing global profile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be part of two trilateral meetings on the sidelines of G20 summit: the first with leaders of Japan and the US and second with leaders of Russia and China.

Sources said the trilateral 'JAI' between Japan, America and India is first such meeting while the Russia India China (RIC) trilateral is taking place after 12 years.

Modi, who arrived here earlier today, will also have a series of bilateral meetings including with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Chinese President Xi Jinping. He is also meeting UN Secretary General António Guterres.

Sources said in recent years, Saudi Arabia has been a valuable partner of India and the relationship has expanded beyond the Indian community to issues related to the economy, energy and security.

All issues of bilateral and regional interest will be discussed, they said.

They said that UN Secretary General has reached out to Modi for the second time in two months. Both leaders have been giving a lot of importance to the issue of climate change and the outreach is taking place just a week before COP24, the 24th annual U.N. climate conference at Katowice, Poland.

Sources said the meeting was a reflection of the respect for India's initiatives on issues of global importance.

They said the timing of trilateral meetings is directly related to period of major global developments and is indicative of India's growing diplomatic and economic profile in the world.

The sources said it was a recognition of several aspects such as India being a factor of stability in the region and it being a "global engine of economic growth."

--IANS

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