The first day of the G20 Summit began at 9:30 AM after the dignitaries were welcomed at the Bharat Mandapam, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, by PM Narendra Modi. A significant decision was made at the G20 summit under the Indian presidency. The African Union has now been included in the Permanent Members of G20 list. The head of the African Union had also taken a seat at the table before the agenda of the meeting had been discussed. Continue reading to learn more about the meeting and the announcement.
African Union To Be A Part Of The G20 Summit
Honoured to welcome the African Union as a permanent member of the G20 Family. This will strengthen the G20 and also strengthen the voice of the Global South. pic.twitter.com/fQQvNEA17o
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 9, 2023
On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally announced the inclusion of the African Union as a permanent member of the G20 summit. Moreover, the African Union chair and Comoros president, Azali Assoumani, was welcomed. He was given a warm welcome by PM Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. In the opening address, Modi said,
“India put a proposal to give permanent membership of G20 to the African Union. I believe that we have everyone’s agreement on this.” Further, he added, “With everyone’s approval, I request the African Union head to take his seat as a permanent G20 member.”
Further, the heads of the states gave the African Union leader a warm welcome with a huge round of applause.
Announcements Made By PM Modi
In the meeting, PM Modi addressed various problems the world is facing. He stated,
“This is the time when old problems are seeking new solutions from us, and that is why we should move ahead fulfilling our responsibilities with a human-centric approach…If we can defeat COVID-19, we can also triumph over the trust deficit caused by the war.”
Furthermore, he added,
“This is the time for all of us to move together. In this time, the mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas’ can be the torch bearer for us. Be it the divide between North and South, the distance between East and West, the management of food and fuel, terrorism, cyber security, health, energy or water security. We will have to find a solid solution to this for future generations.”
The G20 summit is helping India to increase its prestige at the global level. What do you think about the G20 summit? Do let us know your views on the gesture made by the prime minister. To make the African Union a permanent member of the G20 summit. We are eagerly waiting for your response. Stay tuned for further updates.