Even by diplomatic standards, the first day of the G20 Summit was not only hectic but showed how India was a sought-after country at the summit in Osaka.
While the two trilateral meetings — RIC (Russia, India an China) and JAI (Japan America and India) along with the informal BRICS meet dominated the day, key bilaterals with countries such as Saudi Arabia were important elements of the day too.
Other than PM Narendra Modi’s much-touted Bilateral with US President Donald Trump, he met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, South Korean President Moon Jae In, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron.
With the Saudi Crown prince, PM discussed the current gulf situation. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said, “They discussed the situation in the gulf and the prime minister said that this could impact oil prices which is important for India. PM appreciated the efforts by Saudi Arabia in ensuring oil supplies remain stable and oil prices remaining predictable in the last few months.”
“Iran wasn’t discussed,” the foreign secretary added.
The crown prince has invited PM Modi for a conference in his country which will happen later this year. The Haj quota has also been increased for Indian Muslims, from 170,000 to 200,000.