New Delhi, September 8, 2023: A historic event is set to unfold as the world’s most influential leaders prepare to touch down in New Delhi for the much-anticipated G20 Summit 2023. This two-day summit, commencing on September 9, promises to be a landmark occasion where global issues of paramount importance will take center stage.
Joe Biden’s Arrival:
US President Joe Biden, along with his delegation, departed for India on Thursday. The White House has affirmed that President Biden will diligently adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during his visit. His wife, First Lady Jill Biden, recently tested positive for Covid-19, prompting precautionary measures.
Accompanying President Biden onboard Air Force One are key figures including US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, Deputy Chief of Staff Jen O’Malley Dillon, and Director of Oval Office Operations Annie Tomasini. In preparation for the summit, Sullivan expressed the White House’s anticipation of significant progress in areas such as General Electric jet engines and civil nuclear technology during bilateral talks between Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Rishi Sunak’s Diplomatic Mission:
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, set to arrive at 1.40pm in New Delhi, will be welcomed by Minister of State for Consumer Affairs Ashwini Kumar Choubey. Financial Times reports suggest that Sunak’s visit holds critical importance as he aims to encourage Prime Minister Modi to address Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and employ India’s diplomatic influence to help bring an end to the conflict.
This visit marks Sunak’s inaugural official trip to India since assuming office last October. During the G20 event, Sunak and Modi are slated to engage in bilateral talks, with discussions focusing on the progress of an ongoing trade agreement negotiation between the two nations.
Diverse International Representation:
Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, making his second visit to India, will arrive at Palam Air Force Station at 2.15pm. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is landing at 7pm, amid recent concerns regarding the activities of Khalistani groups in Canada that have cast a shadow over bilateral relations with India. Chinese Premier Li Qiang, representing China as Xi Jinping’s absence looms large, will touch down at 7.45pm.
Meanwhile, other world leaders are also set to arrive in the national capital on Saturday. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, UAE President HH Shaikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese are among the prominent figures expected to attend this momentous event.
The G20 Summit, hosted at the sprawling Bharat Mandapam Convention Centre in Pragati Maidan, is poised to tackle pressing global issues such as clean energy transition, climate change mitigation, addressing the economic and social impacts of the Russia-Ukraine war, and poverty alleviation, among others. This assembly of global leaders promises to be a turning point in the collective efforts to address some of the world’s most critical challenges.
Stay tuned for updates as the G20 Summit 2023 unfolds in New Delhi, where diplomacy and collaboration will shape the future of our interconnected world.