Message delivered: On Biarritz G7 Summit

Message delivered: On Biarritz G7 Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Not everything went right at the G7 summit, but PM Modi got the ear of President Trump
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s twin missions as a special invitee to the G7 summit in France over the weekend was to address the world’s seven most advanced(उन्नत ) economies(अर्थव्यवस्थाएं) on Climate(जलवायु ) Change(परिवर्तन) and Digital Transformation, but it was his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump that wound up taking “centre-stage(अहम् स्थान). Mr. Modi took the initiative(पहल) to clear the air about Jammu and Kashmir. This was necessitated(जरूरी/मजबूर करना) by the repeated references that Mr. Trump has made about U.S. mediation(मध्यस्थता) between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, as well as a briefing by a senior administration(प्रशासन) official last week, who said that Mr. Trump would “want to hear from Prime Minister Modi on how he plans to reduce(कम करें) regional(क्षेत्रीय ) tensions(तनाव ) and uphold(कायम रखना) respect for human rights in Kashmir”. Both U.S. statements run counter to the Indian position that the withdrawal of special status to J&K under the Constitution(संविधान ) is an “internal matter”, and the issue of Kashmir will be resolved(विचार/हल किया ) bilaterally(द्विपक्षीय रूप से) with Pakistan. In the event, Mr. Modi appeared(दिखाई दिया/निर्गत) to have driven the message home, and Mr. Trump backed away from both statements. The two leaders also appeared to have made some headway on deadlocked(गतिरोध) trade(व्यापार ) talks(वार्ता) between India and the U.S., and have decided that their trade(व्यापार ) representatives(प्रतिनिधि), USTR Robert Lighthizer and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, will meet ahead of the Modi visit to the U.S. in September.

The interaction(बातचीत/परस्पर प्रभाव डालना) between Mr. Modi and Mr. Trump appeared to be in line with the broader themes that characterised(विशेषता ) this year’s G7 summit, where bilateral meetings appeared a little more successful than the multilateral(बहुपक्षीय ) meeting(बैठक) itself. As host, French President Emmanuel Macron decided to invite( आमंत्रित ) Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, but the other G7 members rejected(खारिज कर दिया) any suggestion(सुझाव ) to include(शामिल) him in their conclave(सम्मेलन ) to discuss(चर्चा ) the future of the JCPOA nuclear deal. Mr. Trump’s push to invite Russia back into the club (it was called the G-8 until Russia was suspended in 2014), which represents more than half the world’s wealth also came a cropper (गिरावट)as the other members did not agree to Russian President Putin’s re-entry(पुन: प्रवेश). As one of nine special guests(मेहमानों) invited to address various(विभिन्न ) sessions(सत्र), Mr. Modi spoke on how India is keeping(बनाए रखना) its climate change commitments(प्रतिबद्धताओं/सौंपना), but it was a session where Mr. Trump, whose presence was vital(महत्वपूर्ण ) given the U.S.’s walkout(बाहर जाना/.विरोध-हड़ताल) from the Paris accord(समझौते), didn’t make an appearance. G7 members also discussed(चर्चा की) the Amazon fire crisis(संकट) and pledged (वादा किया गया/आश्वस्त)over $20 million to Brazil, but were rebuffed(अस्वीकार कर दिया/ फटकार लगाई) after a spat broke out between Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Mr. Macron. It came as no surprise that the summit ended as it did: for the first time in the grouping’s 44-year old history, there was no joint(संयुक्त ) communiqué(सांप्रदायिकता).

Important Vocabulary

1. Advanced(उन्नत )
Synonyms: leading, progressive, state-of-the-art, forward, avant-garde
Antonyms: after, behind

2. Accord(समझौते)
Synonyms: deal, pact, reconciliation, accordance, concert
Antonyms: disagreement, difference, discord, disunity, refusal

3. Appeared(दिखाई दिया/निर्गत)
Synonyms: arose, came

4. Conclave(सम्मेलन
Synonyms: confab, powwow assembly, cabinet, conference

5. Communique(सांप्रदायिकता).
Synonyms: directive, information, letter, memo, memorandum
Antonyms: heedlessness, ignorance, neglect, silence

6. Deadlocked(गतिरोध
Synonyms: frozen, immobile, inert, lifeless, paralyzed
Antonyms: alive lively, mobile, moving, unfixed

7.Pledged (वादा किया गया/आश्वस्त
Synonyms: guaranteed, promised, enforced, obligated, obliged

8. Initiative(पहल)
Synonyms: action, drive, leadership, push, ambition

9. Interaction(बातचीत/परस्पर प्रभाव डालना)
Synonyms: communication, cooperation, synergy, intercommunication, reciprocal action

10. Representatives(प्रतिनिधि)
Synonyms: agent, commissioner, counselor, delegate, deputy
Antonyms:: atypical

11. Rebuffed(अस्वीकार कर दिया/ फटकार लगाई
Synonyms: chide, deny, dismiss, fend off
Antonyms: OK, accept, acknowledge, admit, allow

12. Various(विभिन्न )
Synonyms: assorted, different, discrete, disparate, distinct
Antonyms: alike, combined, connected, joined, like

13. Vital(महत्वपूर्ण )
Synonyms: basic, critical, crucial, decisive, fundamental
Antonyms: additional, extra, inessential, insignificant, meaningless.

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