After arriving in Argentina’s Buenos Aires for the G20 Summit, PM Modi firstly addressed the yoga for Peace event. PM Modi asserted that yoga is bridging the vast distance between Argentina and India, and connecting their people.
He further noted that the practice is India’s gift to the world for health and peace. “I arrived here just a few hours ago after travelling over 15,000 kilometers in more than 24 hours. And because of your love and enthusiasm, I did not feel at all that I am outside India,” PM Modi added.
Praising the organisers of the “Yoga for Peace” event, PM Modi stated that it’s hard to think of a better name. “Yoga keeps both your body and mind healthy. It strengthens your body and keeps your mind at peace,” he added.
The Prime Minister also said that if the mind is at peace, there would be peace in family, society, country and the world as well. “Yoga is India’s gift to the world for health, wellness and peace. It connects us with wellness and happiness,” the PM said, adding, “It (Yoga) is bridging the vast distance between India and Argentina. It is connecting the two countries and their people.”
“While Argentina has a keen interest in India’s art, music and dance, there are lakhs of fans of Argentine football players in our country. Maradona’s name has become part of our daily conversations and sayings,” Prime Minister Modi noted.
On the occasion, he also congratulated the Argentina hockey team for winning their first match of the Hockey World Cup being held in Odisha.
“It’s a matter of pride and happiness for us that Argentina is hosting the G20 summit. Issues such as global economy, sustainable development, climate change, and fugitive economic offenders will be discussed during the summit. These are in the interest of the entire world, and not just India and Argentina,” he concluded.
After addressing the event, PM Modi met Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman. The Crown Prince spoke of India as an important partner for Saudi Arabia and there was very specific discussion that took place between the two leaders on how Saudi Arabia can enhance its investment across a number of sectors in the next two to three years.
In the high-level meeting, Mohammad Bin Salman informed the PM Modi that Saudi Arabia will be finalizing an initial investment into the National Infrastructure Fund. He also referred to the future prospects for investment in the technology sector, in the agriculture sector and in the energy sector and Prime Minister, in particular, stressed about the importance of having stable and predictable energy prices and some discussions took place between the two leaders on how Saudi Arabia can contribute and help in stabilizing energy prices particularly for India.
Later, PM Modi also met UN secretary general Antonio Guterres and had a conversation over the issue of climate change. The Secretary-General specifically acknowledged that India plays a very major role in climate change negotiations. He also acknowledged PM Modi has taken a number of very concrete steps towards addressing climate change including International Solar Alliance.