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PM holds bilateral talks with Turkey, Spain

UN Reform, civil nuclear cooperation, and cooperation in space and agricultural research also came up for discussion.

On the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Antalya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilaterals with Australia, Spain and Turkey and met with the King of Saudi Arabia Salman Al Saud but could not hold any structured meeting with US President Barack Obama.

“There are various pull asides… a structured bilateral meeting with President Obama has not happened,” Foreign Office Spokesman Vikas Swarup told presspersons here.

PM Modi and President Obama, he said, were together in the leaders lounge for over 45 minutes and were together at lunch and dinner. “So I am sure they have had conversations."

In the meeting with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday, on the margins of the Summit, Mr. Modi sought the support of the country for India’s membership of the four export control regimes. UN Reform, civil nuclear cooperation, and cooperation in space and agricultural research also came up for discussion.

He discussed cooperation in counter-terrorism, in the areas of Railways modernisation, defence manufacturing, renewable energy and marine security with the Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy.

Besides, completion of the procedures for the civil nuclear agreement with Australia for supply of uranium from, in the bilateral meeting with his counterpart Malcolm Turnbull, Mr. Modi also discussed the possibility Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement between the two countries, the spokesman said.

President Obama held discussions in separate meetings here with Mr. Erdoğan and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Sunday primarily on the issue of the Syrian crisis.

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