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Discover the electrifying highlights of the G20 Summit in New Delhi, where global leaders converge for groundbreaking discussions. Get insights into Prime Minister Modi’s diplomatic endeavours, key partnerships, and a surprising revelation on Khalistani extremism. Dive into the world of international diplomacy like never before!
After months of eager anticipation, global leaders including US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak have arrived in New Delhi, inaugurating the vibrant and grand G20 Summit. Traditional folk dancers and a multitude of ministers extended a warm welcome, while security forces maintained a vigilant presence for the country’s inaugural presidency of this significant event.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi affirmed that this year’s G20 would chart a new course toward human-centric and inclusive development, expressing confidence that the guests would relish the warmth of Indian hospitality.
On the summit’s sidelines, amidst the glow of beautiful oil lamps, Modi engaged in bilateral discussions with three heads of state, including Biden and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
With US President Joe Biden: Biden’s first order of business upon arriving in Delhi was a productive meeting with PM Modi at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg. The discussions covered a range of topics, from technology, artificial intelligence, and nuclear energy to defence, all aimed at further strengthening India-US ties. The leaders also delved into addressing the gender digital divide and celebrated the Indo-US major defence partnerships.
With Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina: PM Modi expressed satisfaction with fruitful discussions held with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He noted the gratifying progress in India-Bangladesh relations over the past nine years, with talks encompassing connectivity, commercial links, and more.
With Mauritian PM Pravind Jugnauth: PM Modi had an excellent meeting with Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth, highlighting the special nature of India-Mauritius relations as they marked 75 years of diplomatic ties. They explored cooperation in sectors such as infrastructure, FinTech, and culture, reaffirming India’s commitment to advancing the Global South’s voice.
PM Modi is slated to hold 15 bilateral meetings over the next three days as world leaders congregate in the national capital for the Summit.
Leaders from around the world began arriving for the summit on Friday, including US President Joe Biden, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, and Chinese Premier Li Qiang.
Other attendees included UAE President Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Republic of Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and Brazilian President Lula da Silva.
UK’s Sunak, upon arrival, emphasized his government’s close collaboration with India to address pro-Khalistani extremism in the UK. He referenced recent talks between the UK and India regarding the growing instances of Khalistani extremism and stressed that no form of extremism is acceptable in the UK.
Sunak also commended India’s successful G20 Presidency, describing New Delhi as the perfect host at the right time for the summit.
Security was significantly enhanced across the national capital, particularly in the New Delhi district, with police, paramilitary forces, and other agencies maintaining a vigilant presence at the Bharat Mandapam.
This marks India’s inaugural hosting of the summit, where 19 countries and the European Union representing the world’s major developed and emerging economies convene.
India’s G20 sherpa, Amitabh Kant, affirmed that the New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration would echo the voices of the global south and developing nations.
As the G20 Summit officially begins on Saturday, world leaders and delegates will commence their arrivals at the Bharat Mandapam around 9 PM.