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India Announces Virtual G20 Leaders’ Meeting in November

The Ministry of External Affairs in India announced on Nov. 18 that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host a virtual G20 Leaders Summit on Nov. 22. India’s G20 Presidency ends on Nov. 30, 2023.

The statement continued, “Leaders of all G20 Members including the Chair of the African Union [Azali Assoumani], as well as nine Guest countries, and Heads of 11 International Organizations, have been invited.

“It may be recalled that the New Delhi G20 Summit witnessed the unanimous adoption of the G20 New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration. The Virtual Summit will take forward key, select outcomes/action points from the New Delhi Summit as well as review developments since then. The deliberations of the 2nd Voice of Global South Summit, held on 17 November 2023, will also feed into the discussions.”

The 2nd Voice of Global South Summit was a virtual summit, attended by leaders and ministers from 125 Global South countries. Indian Express reported Nov. 17: “According to MEA, the 2nd summit will be structured into 10 sessions, the inaugural and concluding sessions would be at Head of State/Government level, and hosted by PM Modi. The theme of the Inaugural Leaders’ Session is ‘Together, for Everyone’s Growth, with Everyone’s Trust’ and that of the Concluding Leaders’ Session is ‘Global South: Together for One Future.’”

Today, the daily reported: “In his first public remarks on the Gaza war, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday sought to frame the Israel-Hamas conflict as a ‘new challenge’ to the Global South’s prosperity…. ‘India has condemned the horrific terrorist attacks in Israel on October 7. Along with restraint, we have also emphasized on dialogue and diplomacy. We strongly condemn the deaths of civilians in the conflict between Israel and Hamas.’”

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