PM Lee meets Merkel, Modi and other leaders on sidelines of G-20 summit

PM Lee and German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel during a bilateral meeting at La Nuvola convention centre in Rome on Oct 30, 2021. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
PM Lee and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen during a bilateral meeting at La Nuvola convention centre in Rome on Oct 30, 2021. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
PM Lee and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen during a bilateral meeting at La Nuvola convention centre in Rome on Oct 30, 2021. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

ROME - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met separately with the leaders of Germany and India on Saturday (Oct 30) on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G-20) Leaders' Summit which is taking place in Rome this weekend.

He first met German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose delegation included Vice-Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz - widely tipped to be her successor.

This was followed by a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Prime Minister also met Queen Maxima of the Netherlands in her capacity as the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development.

He also met European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel.

Mr Lee was welcomed at the opening of the summit on Saturday by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, whose country holds the rotating G-20 presidency this year.

With PM Lee at the delegation meetings were Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and Finance Minister Lawrence Wong.

PM Lee and Indian PM Narendra Modi at a bilateral meeting at La Nuvola convention centre in Rome on Oct 30, 2021. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Mr Wong, who also attended the G-20 Health and Finance Ministers Meeting on Friday, said in a Facebook post that he met Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati and Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to exchange views on the economic outlook and explore various areas of collaboration.

Mr Wong also said he had a good meeting with Indian Commerce Minister and G-20 sherpa Piyush Goyal. He also caught up with Brunei's Minister of Finance and Economy II Amin Liew and Netherlands Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra on the sidelines of the meeting, he added.

"Apart from the substance, these in-person meetings are also valuable for renewing friendships and making new connections," he wrote.

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