In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, all eyes are on the G-20 summit to discuss the issue of terrorism. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Antalya in Turkey Saturday night, he is expected to make a case for the early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism — a demand he has been making at the international fora of late.
His main pitch will be the definition of terrorism, a point he made this week in London with British Prime Minister David Cameron by his side, when he said, “So, who do we designate as terrorists? Who helps the terrorists? In fact, there is a proposal in the United Nations on this issue, but unfortunately, it is just hanging without any settlement and the UK and we agree that we need to discuss this at length. That is why all well-meaning nations should work together. All those who help terrorists, in one way or the other, should be fought against and we all should work towards protecting humanity.”
Sources said the PM will broadly articulate his position on terror on the same lines at the G20 Summit.
Besides terrorism, Modi is also likely to raise issues of climate change and global cooperation to unearth black money, among others, during the two-day meeting beginning Sunday.
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Modi has been advocating the idea of solar alliance in the last few weeks — at the India-Africa Forum Summit and during his UK visit. He will push for it in Turkey as well, although the Indian side is planning to take the lead at the COP-21 climate change conference in November-end in Paris.
Modi is also likely to express his concern over delay in implementation of quota reform of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), aimed at giving more voice and voting power to emerging economies as well as providing a pitch for cutting transaction cost for transferring money from abroad.
A discussion will also be held at the 10th G20 Summit on the conflict in Syria and the worst migrant crisis that has resulted since World War II.
Modi, who was scheduled to reach Antalya late Saturday night from London after completing his three-day UK visit, is also likely to hold about “five bilateral meetings” with some of the G20 leaders on the margins of the summit. They could include the new Prime Ministers of Australia and Canada, sources indicated.
On the sidelines of the event, BRICS nations — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — will meet to review progress of their two recent initiatives, the BRICS bank and the contingent reserve arrangement.
The summit of leaders from 20 top economies of the world, being held at a time when the global economic growth is slowing down, is expected to be attended by US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping, among others.
French President Francois Hollande cancelled his visit for the G20 meeting in the wake of the attack, though French ministers will be present at the meeting.