G20 Summit: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the opening session of the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in New Delhi on Thursday. Modi said multilateral institutions had failed to meet the world’s most pressing challenges and called on world leaders to find common ground on divisive issues.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 2, 2023
Modi emphasized that the G20 has the capacity to build consensus and deliver concrete results. He also pointed out that several developing countries are struggling with unsustainable debt while trying to ensure food and energy security for their citizens, and G20 needs to work to ease these challenges.
The Union Minister S Jaishankar said, “This grouping bears exceptional responsibilities.” He further stated that while considering the issues, “We may not always be of one mind. In fact, there are some matters of sharp differences in opinions and views. Yet, we must find common ground and provide direction because that is what the world expects of us.”
Indian PM Narendra meets Italian PM Giorgia Meloni on the sidelines of the G20 Summit
On Wednesday, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting with the Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. Meloni, who is the first Italian Prime Minister to visit India in the last five years, was given a ceremonial welcome at the presidential palace. The Indian foreign ministry said in a statement, “Prime Minister Meloni’s visit is expected to further strengthen and deepen the long-standing relationship between India and Italy.”
The Foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia, China, Indonesia, Spain and Croatia also arrived in India to participate in the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala also arrived for the foreign ministers’ meeting.
India’s G20 Presidency theme
The theme of India’s G20 presidency this year is “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” or “One Earth. One Family. One Future.” The Indian government aims to bring the G20 nations together to work on issues such as sustainable development, global governance, and climate change.
The G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in New Delhi is an important event for India as it assumes the G20 Presidency this year. The meeting is being attended by several foreign ministers from G20 member countries, and the focus is on finding common ground and working towards easing global challenges. India is committed to working with the G20 countries to promote sustainable development, global governance, and climate change issues. The bilateral meeting between Indian PM Narendra Modi and Italian PM Giorgia Meloni is expected to further strengthen the ties between the two countries.