PM Modi Holds Bilateral Meetings With Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina On Sidelines Of G-20 Summit

Prime Ministers Pravind Kumar Jugnauth of Mauritius and Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh are special invitees of India to the G-20 Summit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held bilateral meetings with Prime Ministers Pravind Kumar Jugnauth of Mauritius and Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit. 

Bangladesh and Mauritius are not members of the Group of 20 (G-20), but are special invitees of India that has the presidency of the G-20. Besides the two countries, India has also invited leaders from other developing countries as part of India's push to be the voice of the Global South. 

Later in the evening, Modi will hold his third and final bilateral meeting for the day with US President Joe Biden, who is on his first visit to India after taking office in 2021. Earlier, he had visited India as Vice President during Barack Obama's presidency. 

After his meeting with Jugnauth, Modi said it was a "very good meeting" and the two leaders discussed infrastructure, FinTech, and culture among other issues.

Jugnauth is of Indian-origin and is counted among world leaders with Indian heritage who are part of the New Delhi's engagement with the diaspora as well as people of Indian-origin abroad. Another such leader, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, has also arrived in India for the G-20 Summit. 

Modi also met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit. 

Sharing photos of their meeting, Modi said that the "the progress in India-Bangladesh relations in the last 9 years has been very gladdening". The two leaders discussed connectivity and commercial linkage among other issues. 

Modi is holding these bilateral meetings at the Prime Minister's Residence in Delhi. Later in the evening, Biden will also travel to the 7 Lok Kalyan Marg for the bilateral meeting with Modi.