Japan's Kishida to invite Indian PM Modi to G7 summit

Japan's Kishida to invite Indian PM Modi to G7 summit

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is going to invite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima City in May, according to government sources. Kishida will be able to extend the invitation while visiting India from Sunday to Wednesday.

One of the main topics at the Hiroshima summit is expected to be the restoration of international order, which has been shaken by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Kishida aims to confirm Japan's relations with India, which currently chairs the Group of 20 in his meeting with Modi.

Modi regards India as the leader of the Global South, which mainly comprises developing and emerging countries. Kishida hopes to strengthen Japan's commitment to the Global South by acting in tandem with India.

The government plans to hold a meeting that includes heads of non-G 7 members at the Hiroshima summit. Tokyo is currently planning to invite South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol to the meeting, who recently presented a measure to resolve a dispute over lawsuits in the country filed by former workers from the Korean Peninsula.

The government intends to invite Brazilian President Lula da Silva as a representative of Latin America and Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who chairs the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.