PM leaves for G20 meet


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PM leaves for G20 meet; to discuss N-energy issues with Canada

New Delhi, June 22

Indian and Canadian economic and commercial cooperation in science and technology, health, agriculture and culture are likely to get a fresh impetus during the forthcoming meeting of Prime Ministers of the two countries when Dr Manmohan Singh visits Toronto for the G-20 meeting.

The two day G-20 meeting is scheduled to begin on June 26.

Briefing newspersons on the forthcoming visit, the Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs, Mr Vivek Katju, said that India and Canada will also discuss issues connected with nuclear energy.

A number of agreements and memorandums of understanding were under active negotiations and are likely to be concluded and signed during the visit including cooperation in civil nuclear energy, social security, mining, higher education and culture, Mr Katju said.

Dr Manmohan Singh is also expected to meet with the US President, Mr Barack Obama, and the Chinese President, Mr Hu Jintao, during his visit to Canada for the G-20 meeting.

The Foreign Secretary, Ms Nirupama Rao, said the focus of the G-20 meet will be on consolidation of decision taken at the previous three G-20 meetings.

Canada, which is the chair of this summit by virtue of being the host country, has been insisting on this.

From 2011, the G-20 summits will be held annually instead of twice a year as is the case at present. The next G-20 summit is in Seoul in November and thereafter in France.

The Foreign Secretary added that India will be withdrawing its helicopters from the UN Peace Mission Force in Africa and had initiated the process through the Indian Permanent Mission at the United Nations in New York.