PM Modi meets 3 state heads, Bill Gates in Glasgow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the sidelines of the COP26 Summit in Glasgow on November 02, 2021. (PIB)

Glasgow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 2, 2021, met the President of Ukraine, Prime Ministers of Israel & Nepal, and Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates in Glasgow on the sidelines of COP26 Summit.

Meeting with Ukrainian President

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the sidelines of COP26 in Glasgow.

The leaders took stock of the state of bilateral relations and exchanged views on developments in the region, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a press release.

They expressed satisfaction with the cooperation during the pandemic times including mutual recognition of COVID vaccination certificates by both countries, it added.

Prime Minister Modi thanked President Zelenskyy for his humanitarian gesture of supply of oxygen concentrators to India during the second phase of the COVID pandemic earlier this year.

According to the PMO, the two leaders positively assessed the strong people-to-people connection between the two countries, especially the large number of Indian students studying in various Universities of Ukraine.

The two leaders reaffirmed their readiness to work together for further strengthening of bilateral relations.

Meeting with Israeli PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Prime Minister of Israel Naftali Bennett. (PIB)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Prime Minister of Israel Naftali Bennett on the sidelines of COP26 in Glasgow.

 This was the first meeting between the two Prime Ministers.

“The two leaders reviewed bilateral strategic partnership and expressed satisfaction over the progress made in diverse sectors. They agreed on further expanding cooperation, especially in the areas of high-technology and innovation,” the PMO said.  

It added that recalling that next year would mark 30 years of the establishment of full diplomatic relations between India and Israel, Prime Minister extended the invitation to Bennett to visit India.

Meeting with Nepal PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba (PIB)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Prime Minister of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba in Glasgow on the sidelines of the COP26 Summit.

Both leaders discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral cooperation including in the context of ongoing efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic, informed the PMO in a press release.  

“The two leaders noted the excellent cooperation between India and Nepal during the pandemic particularly through the supply of vaccines, medicines and medical equipment from India to Nepal as well as by ensuring the free flow of goods across the borders. Both leaders also agreed to work closely towards post-pandemic recovery.”

This was the first meeting of Prime Minister Modi with Prime Minister Deuba after the telephone conversation between them in July this year when Deuba assumed office as the Prime Minister of Nepal.

Meeting with Bill Gates

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Bill Gates.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Bill Gates on the sidelines of the COP26 Summit in Glasgow.

Prime Minister Modi expressed appreciation for the work being done by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in India.

Bill Gates briefed Prime Minister on the progress of Mission Innovation. They discussed ways to step up activities in India under Mission Innovation, the PMO said in a press release.

It added that promising opportunities in areas like green hydrogen, aviation fuels, and battery storage, and vaccine research were also discussed. (Press Release)

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