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Commonwealth meet: India to walk tightrope on UK-Russia face-off

Earlier today, Prime Minister Modi arrived at the Buckingham Palace to attend the meeting. PM Modi also had one-on-one discussions with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Michael Holness and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. It takes place at a time when Britain is looking to create new relations with the Commonwealth post BREXIT.

At the end of the live telecast, he will join Heads of Government from 52 other Commonwealth countries at a dinner hosted by prime minister May as a formal welcome to CHOGM.

It is open to all 121 prospective member countries falling between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

While Modi discussed cooperation in areas of trade and investment and other bilateral issues with Faure, the talks with Jugnauth were around in the areas of trade and investment, maritime cooperation and people-to-people ties, according to Kumar.

In the multilateral space, India sees the Commonwealth as a unique multilateral grouping, containing within its fold large countries such as India, Australia and Canada as well as small island countries such as Cook Islands, Solomon Islands and Samoa in the Pacific to Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas and Jamaica in the Caribbean. On the sidelines of the Executive sessions, various bilateral meetings will also be held among the Commonwealth leaders. This will conclude Modi's United Kingdom visit after which he will leave for India.

Talking of specifics, the two countries agreed to promote coordinated global action to tackle plastic pollution including through the Commonwealth and India's role as host of World Environment Day 2018.

The 25th Meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) has formally begun in London, reported Radio Pakistan. "They will also consider reform and renewal of the Commonwealth", a Commonwealth statement said. Over the past many years, there has been a debate to appoint a non-Royal person to head the grouping to distance it from the colonial roots. Though Jawaharlal Nehru made a decision to join the Commonwealth as he viewed it as a platform where India could develop connections with other erstwhile colonies as well as partly to balance Pakistan, his successors did not seem to be particularly interested in the grouping and viewed it largely as a colonial relic. India's global influence has increased on many an worldwide forum and the Commonwealth is no different.

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