Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to chair a virtual G20 leaders’ summit on Wednesday, November 22, with an aim to discuss the implementation of the Delhi Declaration and address new global challenges. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the virtual summit will build on key outcomes and action points of the G20 annual summit held in September under the chairmanship of India. Key issues on the agenda include the ongoing Russia–Ukraine war and the recent Israel–Hamas conflict, with a focus on their impact on global stability and economic recovery.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will not attend the summit
India’s G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant, speaking at a press conference, said the summit is expected to see “excellent participation” from leaders of member countries. However, like last time, Chinese President Xi Jinping will not attend the summit. Instead, Prime Minister Li Qiang will represent China following India’s invitation. The Chinese government expressed hope that the summit will promote cooperation to address global challenges and make a positive contribution to the world’s economic revival.
Vladimir Putin will attend
The Kremlin announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin would participate in the virtual summit. It marks a change from his absence at the New Delhi G20 summit in September, where he was represented by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. At the time, the Kremlin cited the need to focus on the situation in Ukraine as the reason for Putin’s non-attendance. Putin also did not attend the G20 Bali summit last year.
Amitabh Kant described the upcoming virtual meeting as “rare and extraordinary”, noting that it will provide PM Modi a second opportunity to engage with global leaders during India’s tenure as G20 chair before handing over the baton to Brazil next month. Does. The primary focus of the discussions is on development, although the leaders are also expected to talk about several other pressing issues. Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said that a large number of G20 leaders are expected to participate in the meeting.
The virtual gathering comes on the heels of an extraordinary BRICS meeting focused on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, underscoring the urgency of international dialogue on current global issues.