US confirms President Biden’s G20 participation in Delhi

President Biden will spend four days in India starting September 7

NEW DELHI | Updated: 23 August, 2023 5:47 pm IST
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46th US President Joe Biden.

NEW DELHI: US President Joe Biden is set to visit India next month for a four-day trip to participate in the G20 Leaders’ Summit, White House has confirmed.

During his visit, President Biden is expected to engage in a series of bilateral meetings, including a discussion with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

The G20 summit is scheduled to take place in New Delhi on September 9 and 10.

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine would also feature prominently in the conversations. President Biden and his G20 counterparts will deliberate on collaborative efforts to address global challenges, ranging from clean energy transition and climate change to mitigating the socio-economic repercussions of the Ukraine conflict.

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They will also discuss strengthening multilateral development banks, including the World Bank, in combating global poverty.

While the US underscores the significance of addressing the Ukraine situation, China and Russia have expressed reservations against its mention. The G20 summit serves as a critical platform to address such global issues collectively.

The summit holds particular significance as it marks one of the largest gatherings of world leaders in India, which assumed the G20 Presidency from Indonesia on December 1, 2022. It is poised to pass the presidency on to Brazil and subsequently to South Africa. This sequence reflects the G20’s commitment to fostering international cooperation in addressing pressing economic and social challenges.

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President Biden’s visit to India carries deeper implications as it underscores the recognition of the G20 as a global economic cooperation platform. The statement emphasized that the visit demonstrates the United States’ commitment to the G20’s role in advancing economic cooperation. Furthermore, it signifies the US’s dedication to the G20’s mission, with the country set to host the summit in 2026.

While attending the G20 Summit in India, President Biden is also expected to commend Prime Minister Modi for his leadership within the G20 framework. The statement confirmed that President Biden will express his support for the G20 as a premier forum for economic cooperation.

The visit comes with its own scheduling intricacies. President Biden’s presence at the ASEAN Summit in Indonesia will be virtual, while Vice President Kamala Harris will attend in person. This arrangement aligns with President Biden’s priority of participating in the G20 summit in India.

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