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PM Modi addressing the G7 Summit: “Cyberspace must foster, not curtail, democratic values.”

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PM Modi said that India was the only G20 country on track to meet its Paris obligations, speaking during the G7 Summit’s Outreach Sessions.

India called for global solidarity and open democratic societies to address issues such as health, climate change, and economic recovery on Sunday. The G7 Summit’s Outreach Sessions reiterated the importance of embracing “values that bind us together,” such as respect for international rules and norms, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message of global unity was well received.

On the second day of the summit on Sunday, Prime Minister Modi attended virtually two sessions.

As the lead speaker for the session ‘Building Back Together – Open Societies and Economies,’ he emphasised the importance of democracy and freedom in India’s civilisational ethos. According to a statement provided by the Indian government, he highlighted the need of ensuring that cyberspace remains an outlet for supporting democratic principles rather than destroying them.

His remarks come amid a raging discussion in India about perceived restrictions on free expression.

PM Modi remarked during the climate change session that countries acting in isolation cannot maintain the planet’s atmosphere, biodiversity, or oceans, and urged for collective action on climate change, according to the statement.

India was the only G-20 country on track to meet its Paris obligations, he stated.

The G7 Summit produced an unified statement reiterating their shared commitment in open societies, democratic ideals, and multilateralism, which this year includes countries like India, the Republic of Korea, and South Africa in addition to the primary members of the gathering.

“As leaders of democracies that account for more than half of the world’s population, we feel it is critical that we reaffirm and urge people to embrace the principles that link us together, particularly our respect for international rules and standards,” the statement read.

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