Trump invited PM Modi to the next G7 summit during a telephonic conversation on Sunday. PM Modi stated that India will stand together with other countries in Post-Covid phase and work to ensure that this summit is a success. Next summit is proposed to be held in September or November in US according to the Covid-19 situation.
PM Modi and Trump also discussed several current issues and present Covid-19 situation. PM Modi also expressed his concerns on the “ongoing civil disturbances in US” and hoped that peace is achieved soon. They further discussed Covid-19 situation in both the countries and steps that have been taken to curb the spread. US has the most number of Covid-19 cases in the world with over 1.8million cases and India stands at 7th with cases crossing 2lakh. PM Modi also recalled Trump’s visit to India this year and called it memorable and historic on many accounts and had also added a new dynamism to the bilateral relationship.
PM Modi said that he had a “warm and productive” conversation with President Trump. He tweeted:
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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 2, 2020
“PM Modi commended President 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,” said a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs.
Trump had called the existing G7 club outdated and said that he wanted to include big economies like India, Russia, South Korea and Australia to the group and call it G10 or G11. The current Group of seven has the world’s largest economies-the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan. The last G7 summit was held in August 2019 in France.