India will try to build consensus on Ukraine during G20 presidency | India News

NEW DLHI: Calling it a historic moment, India on Thursday officially assumed the G20 presidency from Indonesia “at a very important juncture in international affairs”.
Amid differences among the G20 nations over Ukraine, India said it would seek to build consensus, adding that it expected Russia to participate in all G20 processes under its chair. me.
A spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said: “Russia is a member of the G20 and therefore we expect them to participate in these processes. The group needs to have a common voice, especially on important issues. influence the world”.
The ministry also said there was no agreement on Moscow’s submission of a list of more than 500 products for potential deliveries.
To mark the first day of India’s presidency, a special event titled ‘G20 university connection – Engaging Young Minds’ is held here, which brings together students from 75 universities across the country.
Speaking at the event, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said India’s effort would be to create consensus through consultation on key global issues. He said India will seek to emerge as the voice of the global south – encompassing Asia, Africa and Latin America – which already faces the brunt of polarization and conflict in the developed world. develop.
“Our G20 Presidency is coming at a very important time in international affairs. It is especially important that world leaders focus on the right issues, especially those that are relevant. The issue affects more vulnerable parts of the world,” Jaishankar said, adding that India would flag concerns. on issues such as energy security, food security, access to health care, climate action and climate justice during his G20 presidency.
Jaishankar emphasizes that the harmonization of diverse interests is ingrained in India’s history and culture. “We have long been a pluralistic and consultative society, discussing issues openly before making decisions. Because this is so ingrained in our DNA, we have never felt that way. We feel insecure about diversity. Our essential unity is not only the basis for pluralism, but also a source of confidence to engage with the world,” he said.
“This is not a development that should be seen as just another diplomatic event, but on the contrary, it is an important responsibility that India is taking on at a very difficult time in world politics and at a bending moment in India’s own history and we will be hosting the G20 very differently and today’s event itself is proof of that,” he added.
The G20 is an intergovernmental forum of 20 major developed and developing economies in the world, the leading forum for international economic cooperation.
A key element of India’s G20 presidency will be to bring the group closer to the public and make it truly a “G20 of the People”, the government said.


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