PM Abbasi to lead Pak delegation at CHOGM summit

PM Abbasi to lead Pak delegation at CHOGM summit

"Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings are distinctive for being both receptive and responsive to the needs of all, especially the young, the marginalised and the vulnerable, she said".

Alongside attending the executive sessions, the Prime Minister held several bilateral meetings, including with Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni; Gambian President Adama Barrow; President of the Seychelles, Danny Faure; Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda, Gaston Brown; the President of Kiribati, Taneti Maamau; Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama; the Prime Minister of St Lucia Allen Chastanet, and the Solomon Islands Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela.

"No meeting took place with the Pakistani prime minister".

Briefing the media here, Ruchi Ghanashyam, Secretary (West) in the Indian External Affairs Ministry, said that Modi's participation at CHOGM conveyed India's interest in the development of the small island nations.

"It will also provide an opportunity to meet other Commonwealth leaders and exchange views on matters of mutual interest", Pakistan's Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement.


South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will be absent from the group of 53 heads of government as he had to rush back to Cape Town after violent clashed broke out in the country.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday called on Prince of Wales Charles Philip here at Clarence House. At the launch of the CHOGM executive session at Lancaster House open to the media, British Prime Minister Theresa May said: "The great strength of the Commonwealth is that all our members have equal status, an equal voice, and an equal right to make that voice heard".

The issue of succession is expected to be the dominant at the retreat at the grand Waterloo Chamber of the Castle, one of the homes of Queen Elizabeth II - the Head of the Commonwealth. After many years of active engagement with it, there was an eight-year period where no Indian Prime Minister had participated in a CHOGM, so the decision by Mr. Modi to attend the event was seen as a significant moment for the group.

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"I had not been able to visit the last summit and this time, it was an honor that Prince Charles came personally to India a year ago to invite me for it". The Indian government has said that this symbolises the country's wider efforts to step up its role across global forums.

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