PM returns after successful CHOGM summit in Kampala (Lead-PM Kampala Meet)

November 25th, 2007 - 5:24 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Nov 25 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh returned to New Delhi on Sunday morning from Kampala where he attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
Dr. Singh made an early return from Kampala even as the leaders of the 53-member group would release a resolution on Climate Change this evening.
He was scheduled to return later today but wrapped up his visit a day earlier since most of the resolutions of the CHOGM were already concluded.
The domestic situations, including the Friday’s multiple blasts in three cities of Uttar Pradesh and the crisis emerging out of controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen’s stay in the country, have reportedly pressed for Dr. Singh’s early return.
At the CHOGM meeting, Dr Singh raised India’s concern on matters like climate change, and raised the issue of economic and international trade and strengthening of the good governance.
With India being the largest member state of the Commonwealth nation, Dr. Singh took the opportunity to highlight the major socio-economic transformations that are currently underway in the country at the Kampala meeting.
During his three-day visit to Uganda, Dr Singh held a string of bilateral meetings with Commonwealth leaders.
He met British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on the sidelines of the Summit and discussed the challenges faced by the World Trade organisation (WTO).
The issue of the Doha round of WTO talks, which has failed to take off since it was launched in 2001, dominated the discussions between them.
Both leaders agreed that there is the need to push the negotiations forward, which have been stalled due to differences between developing and developed nations over farm subsidies.
Later in a joint press conference, both leaders sounded optimistic of the early and successful conclusion of the Doha Round of talks.
Dr Singh also met Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper before returning to New Delhi.
During the CHOGM meeting, the highest point for India was the election of Kamalesh Sharma as the next Secretary General of the Commonwealth nations.
Sharma, who was pitted against Maltese Foreign Minister Michael Frendo and India-born Mohan Kaul, said that he would be guided by the outcomes so that the Commonwealth does not turn out as a ’boutique organisation’.
With Pakistan being suspended from the Commonwealth group a day before the CHOGM meeting was scheduled to begin because of the imposition of emergency there, India reacted cautiously to it.
Kamalesh Sharma after winning the Secretary General post said that the group would closely watch the developments in Pakistan.
“Depending on what these developments are, I have no doubt that the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) will be observing them and addressing them accordingly,” he said on Pakistan. (ANI)

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