Volume 1, Issue 1

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April - June 1999 · Published: Jul 1999

Daily Digest

Hindustan Times – India-Canada ties: Modi, Trudeau hold talks at G7 summit

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi held his first in-person bilateral meeting with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau in over four years in Germany on Monday.

A tweet from India’s prime minister’s office noted the two leaders “took stock of India-Canada friendship and discussed ways to further strengthen it across various sectors”.

Nikkei Asia – India, EU resume free trade talks after near-decade freeze

India and the European Union on Monday formally relaunched negotiations toward a free trade agreement, ending a hiatus of nearly a decade and aiming to strike a deal by the end of 2023. The two sides hope to overcome sticking points as they aim to reduce their reliance on China.

South China Morning Post – Indonesia’s Jokowi likely to talk food prices with Putin even as he calls for ‘peace’ amid Ukraine war

Jokowi is likely to address immediate issues like food prices that could weigh on his domestic and international legacy when he leaves office in 2024. The two leaders are set to meet in Moscow on June 30, after Widodo attends the G7 summit in Germany and meets Ukraine’s Zelensky in Kyiv.

Nikkei Asia – G-7 promises to tighten squeeze on Russia finances

The Group of Seven club of wealthy nations on Monday vowed to stand with Ukraine “for as long as it takes,” promising to tighten the squeeze on Russia’s finances with new sanctions that include a proposal to cap the price of Russian oil.

Foreign Policy – At Summit, India Plays BRICS to Its Interests

New Delhi makes a fairly safe gamble by supporting the group—without putting itself at odds with the West.