PM Modi hosts powerpacked G4 summit in New York

RSTV Bureau
New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at G4 Summit in New York on September 26, 2015.  Photo - PTI

New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at G4 Summit in New York on September 26, 2015.
Photo – PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted a power-packed G4 summit in New York at the sidelines of UN General Assembly. The summit saw German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff coming together with PM Modi. The G4 summit meeting aims at pushing for an early UN Security Council reforms.

Pitching further on the reforms within the UN Security Council and a bid for a permanent seat in the UNSC, the Prime Minister said “the Security Council must include largest demography and major locomotive of economy…It will carry greater credibility and legitimacy and will be more effective in addressing challenges”.

“Our group of four countries, G-4 came together in 2004 bound by our shared commitment to global peace in prosperity… We should aim to reform UNSC during its ongoing 70th session,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the meeting.

“Reform of the UNSC should take place in a fixed time frame, it is urgent and important task… The subject for reforms in UNSC has been the focus of global attention for decades,” the Prime Minister added further in address.

Incidentally, the G4 summit brought together German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the first since 2004. Further, the high-level summit aims at conveying the message that G4 can play a role in galvanizing broad based support for the outcome of the negotiations which will start in November this year.

Addressing further at the power-packed summit, Prime Minister Modi emphasised that “threat to security have become more complex unpredictable and unidentified”.

“After decades we finally see some movement, this is a significant step forward to commence negotiations….However this is the first step, we should aim, to take this to its logical conclusion,” PM Modi added further.

“I am confident that meeting today will give a big impetus in this direction,” said the Prime Minister.

(With inputs from the PTI)