Glasgow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi played the drums on Tuesday and interacted with several members of the Scottish Indian community who had gathered to bid him farewell before he left for India, after his two-day visit to Glasgow for the United Nations COP26. “Climate Change Summit.
As Prime Minister Modi departed for the airport, he was greeted with rhythmic drums and enthusiastic cheers, as a huge crowd – many dressed in traditional Indian clothing and turbans – gathered to say goodbye to him before to leave for India.
In addition to shaking hands and greeting several members of the community, PM Modi joined in the festivities and played the drums for a few beats alongside the drummers, who cheered him on.
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PM Modi also interacted with several families in the crowd, affectionately patting some of the children on the heads and reaching out to shake hands with some of the younger ones in the group.
A few in the crowd even got autographs.
During his visit, Prime Minister Modi held several bilateral meetings with his counterparts from the UK, Israel, Nepal, Italy and France, among others. The Prime Minister announced five “amrit tatva” at the COP26 summit, including the goal of achieving zero net emissions by 2070, while delivering the national declaration on Monday.
He said India will increase its non-fossil energy capacity to 500 GW and meet 50 percent of its energy needs through renewables by 2030. Highlighting the concerns of developing countries at COP26, the Prime Minister announced the word moment, LIFE … L, I, F, E, meaning Lifestyle For Environment during the presentation of the National Declaration on Monday.
COP-26 is being held from October 31 to November 12 under the presidency of the United Kingdom in partnership with Italy. The high-level segment of COP-26, titled World Leaders’ Summit (WLS), was held from November 1-2.
Heads of state / government from over 120 countries attended the summit. On Tuesday, the Prime Minister also attended the Infrastructure for Resilient Island States launch event here and announced that the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will build a special data window for small island states in development (SIDS) to obtain timely information on cyclones, coral reef monitoring, coastal satellite monitoring.
He also participated in the Build Back Better for the World (B3W) event on Tuesday and focused on four aspects of building infrastructure, including sustainable and transparent finance that respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries.
On the sidelines of COP-26, the Prime Minister met with various leaders, including US Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and others. Earlier on Saturday and Sunday, Prime Minister Modi attended the G20 summit in Rome. He also met outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indonesian President Joko Widodo here on the sidelines of the G20.
Prime Minister Modi had met with Pope Francis on Saturday and presented him with a silver candlestick and a book on India’s commitment to the environment when they met at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. The Prime Minister also invited the Pope to visit India during a “very warm” meeting in Vatican City which lasted an hour.