The Karnataka Assembly polls also flavoured Modi’s interaction at ‘Bharat Ki Baat’ when the prime minister highlighted the contributions of 12th-century Lingayat philosopher Basaveshwara
today had a series of bilateral meetings including discussions with Seychelles President Danny Faure and his Mauritius counterpart Pravind Kumar Jugnauth on the sidelines of the multilateral Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). “Friend in an extended neighbourhood! PM @narendramodi and President of Seychelles, Danny Faure met on the sidelines of #CHOGM18 and discussed cooperation in areas of trade and investment and other bilateral issues,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. The bilateral talks between Faure and Modi assumes significance after Seychelles ordered an inquiry into the leak of a highly classified agreement signed with India to develop infrastructure on Assumption Island, which lies southwest of the mainland of Mahe.
The opposition in Seychelles has decided not to ratify the pact because of Assumption’s relative proximity to Aldabra atoll, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to the world’s largest population of giant tortoises. Cementing close friendship with Mauritius, Prime Minister Modi met his Mauritius counterpart Jugnauth and talked about cooperation in trade and investment, maritime cooperation and people-to-people ties, Kumar said. The “pull-aside meetings” with world leaders included an interaction with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Gambian President Adama Barrow, Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, St. Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Rick Houenipwela.
At the end of the retreat, Modi will head back to India after a brief stop for his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.
Meanwhile, Pakistan on Thursday rejected Modi’s remarks on the ‘surgical strikes’ across the Line of Control in 2016 as fake, saying “repeating a lie doesn’t turn it into the truth.” Speaking at the ‘Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath’ programme in London yesterday, Modi had said India waited to inform Pakistan about the operation before disclosing it to the media and the people.
“I said before India gets to know, we should call Pakistan and tell them. We were calling them since 11 AM but they were scared to come on phone, at 12 we spoke to them and then told the Indian media,” Modi had said.
Here are the top 10 developments around Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to London, ‘Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath’ programme, and his itinerary for today: ()