G-20 Summit: 45 hours, 20 events, 10 bilateral meetings… PM Modi’s ‘diplomatic marathon’ in Bali
Issues like Ukraine crisis, tension between China and western countries will dominate
The Russia-Ukraine war, tensions between China and the West are likely to dominate the G-20 summit in Bali, Indonesia. The G-20 grouping is set to begin its summit in Indonesia on Tuesday with the hope of ‘recovering together, recovering stronger’.
Will Modi-Biden meet in G20?
Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday. The meeting between Jaishankar and Blinken took place a few days before a possible meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden. Jaishankar is here with Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, who is leading the Indian delegation to the ASEAN-India Summit and the 17th East Asia Summit. After the meeting, Jaishankar tweeted, “Had a productive meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.” Jaishankar’s meeting with Blinken followed Tuesday’s meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow and talks with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba here on Saturday.
US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that President Biden and Prime Minister Modi have a productive and very practical relationship. Sullivan said that President Biden is looking forward to meeting Prime Minister Modi on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Bali. He said the two leaders share common interests on many important issues and have worked really closely together to strengthen the US-India partnership. He said, ‘President Biden is looking forward to meeting Prime Minister Modi at the G-20 this year.’ India will chair the G-20 next year during which the US President is likely to visit New Delhi.
Will raise funds of $ 1.4 billion to deal with the epidemic
Health and finance ministers of G-20 countries on Sunday launched a $ 1.4 billion fund to deal with the next pandemic. However, the President of the host country Indonesia called it insufficient. The 24-nation fund is being seen as one of the early global results of the summit starting Tuesday. The fund was launched on Sunday by Indonesian President Joko Widodo at a press conference. During this, World Health Organization chief Tedros Ghebreyesus and World Bank President David Malpass were present. Widodo said, ‘The G20 countries have agreed to create an epidemic fund to prevent and prepare for the epidemic. G20 and non-G20 members as well as other organizations have contributed. But it is not enough.’