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Indian Foreign Minister Downplays Absence of Putin and Xi at G-20 Summit in New Delhi

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Indian Foreign Minister Downplays Absence of Putin and Xi from G-20 Summit

The Indian Foreign Minister, Subramaniam Jaishankar, has addressed concerns over the absence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin from the upcoming G-20 summit in New Delhi. Jaishankar stated that their absence is not unusual and is unrelated to India.

Building Consensus at the G-20 Summit

Jaishankar emphasized that leaders of the G-20 countries are currently engaged in negotiations to reach a consensus and issue a declaration at the summit scheduled for September 9-10 in New Delhi. When asked if Putin and Xi’s absence was due to their displeasure with India, Jaishankar dismissed such suggestions.

High Expectations and Challenges

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Regarding the impact of their absence on consensus-building and the issuance of a declaration, Jaishankar explained that negotiations are ongoing and that time has not run out. He acknowledged that expectations from the G-20 are high, and New Delhi faces the challenge of addressing various global issues such as the pandemic, conflict, climate change, debt, and politics.

G-20 and Its Objectives

The G-20 consists of the world’s 20 largest economies, and its leaders aim to find solutions to pressing global problems. However, divisions over the war in Ukraine and the absence of Putin and Xi make it difficult to achieve a consensus declaration at the summit.

US and Japan’s Priorities

The White House announced that US President Joe Biden will focus on reforming the World Bank and encourage other multilateral development banks to increase lending for climate change and infrastructure projects during the summit. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida expressed his intention to discuss digital and food security issues. India is also participating in discussions on a global framework for regulating crypto assets.

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