India set to welcome world leaders for G20 summit

Subhasini Naicker Thursday 31st August 2023 03:17 EDT

The national capital of India is gearing up for the high-profile G20 Summit early next month. Apart from strict security that will be put in place in Delhi, the arrangements also include hotel bookings for the delegates. Over 30 hotels will host the delegates in the course of the event.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is all set to attend the G20 summit in India from September 9 to 10. According to sources, Sunak will meet separately with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to talk about the UK-India trade negotiations during his visit. Since taking office a year ago, this will be the Sunak's first trip to Delhi.

With this visit, Sunak opens the door for the first face-to-face meeting with President Xi at the G20 summit as diplomatic relations thaw between the UK and China. Although Xi's attendance at the G20 has not yet been confirmed, plans are being made in Whitehall for a bilateral meeting in the highly likely scenario that he does.

UK Business and Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch launched a new "Alive with Opportunity" campaign to help double trade with India by 2030 with a series of targeted trade missions for UK firms in high-growth sectors. The cabinet minister said she hoped to advance the ongoing free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations, which are currently in their twelfth round of negotiations. She arrived in India on a three-day visit to attend the G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Meeting in Jaipur and hold bilateral talks with Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal in New Delhi.

Additionally, the new £1.5 million "GREAT" marketing campaign aims to promote similar cultural interests such as football and cricket, as well as gastronomy and movies, in addition to the strong bilateral commercial and trade linkages.

"The UK and India have a thriving relationship, and we both share an ambition to deepen our cultural and trading ties. India is the UK's second-biggest source of investment projects, and I'm confident this new campaign will help boost interest in and demand for UK goods and services even further," she added.

More than 25 world leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Türkiye President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will convene at the G20 Summit. Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Narendra Modi that he will not attend the G20 Summit. Putin rang Modi and told him that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would attend the summit on his behalf.

Biden will emphasise on cooperation at G20

White House stated that the President Joe Biden will discuss a variety of topics, including the social repercussions of Russia's war in Ukraine, and "reaffirm US commitment to the G20" as the foremost venue for international economic cooperation.

The White House announced that Biden will visit India for four days from September 7 to attend the G20 Leaders' Summit in New Delhi, where he will discuss cooperative efforts to address global issues like climate change and the Ukraine war with member countries.

It stated that Biden and G20 partners would also talk about the transition to clean energy and addressing climate change while boosting the ability of multilateral development banks. On September 9 and 10, India will host the G20 summit. In June, Modi travelled to the US, where Biden had expressed excitement for the upcoming G20 summit in New Delhi.

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