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Modi takes Trump’s call; India invited to G7 Summit

Modi said that the visit had been memorable and historic on many accounts, and had also added new dynamism to the bilateral relationship

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing his concern over the civil disturbances in the US, answered a call from US President Donald Trump over the phone yesterday and wished him well for early resolution of the issue. Trump had called Modi to invite him for the G-7 summit he will host in September. Earlier in the day, Trump had called Russian President Vladimir Putin and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to invite them for the summit. Putin gave no indication of accepting the invitation while both Modi and Morrison have agreed to attend the summit. Trump is yet to speak to South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Prime Minister Modi and Trump also exchanged views on other topical issues, such as the COVID-19 situation in the two countries, the situation on the India-China border, and the need for reforms in the World Health Organisation, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

“Had a warm and productive conversation with my friend President @realDonaldTrump. We discussed his plans for the US Presidency of G-7, the COVID-19 pandemic, and many other issues,” Modi tweeted.

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“Apart from that, Modi commended Trump for his creative and far-sighted approach, acknowledging the fact that such an expanded forum would be in keeping with the emerging realities of the post-COVID world,” it said.

Modi expressed concern regarding the ongoing civil disturbances in the US. He conveyed his best wishes for an early resolution of the situation.

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Trump warmly recalled his visit to India in February this year. Modi said that the visit had been memorable and historic on many accounts. The prime minister said the visit had added new dynamism to the bilateral relationship, the release said.

“The exceptional warmth and candour of the conversation reflected the special nature of the Indo-US ties, as well as the friendship and mutual esteem between both leaders,” the statement added.

India is not a member of the G-7 grouping that comprises Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, termed as seven of the “largest” advanced economies in the world. This time, apart from India, President Trump is also reportedly inviting leaders of Russia, South Korea and Australia to participate.

New Delhi said the two leaders also discussed the Coronavirus pandemic and the “need for reforms in the World Health Organisation (WHO)”, just days after the US President announced termination of American funding to the WHO.

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