- The latest developments:
- Indian Prime Minister Modi said that the G20 has reached a consensus on the Leaders’ Declaration
- There were no immediate details about the depth of dealing with the differences over Russia and Ukraine
- The agreement would boost Modi’s image before the elections
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Saturday during a G20 summit that the G20 had adopted a consensus declaration on issues facing the bloc, a sign that negotiators had resolved deep differences over the formulation of the war in Ukraine.
He did not provide details regarding the wording of the settlement.
“On the back of the hard work done by all teams, we have achieved consensus on the G20 Leaders’ Summit Declaration. I declare this declaration adopted,” Modi told G20 leaders in New Delhi.
Earlier, Modi opened the two-day meeting by calling on members to end the “global trust deficit” and announced that the bloc would grant permanent membership to the African Union in a bid to make it more representative.
“Today, as G20 President, India calls on the entire world to first transform this global trust deficit into One Trust and One Trust,” he said. “It is time for us all to act together.”
The group is deeply divided over the war in Ukraine, with Western countries pushing for a strong condemnation of Russia in the leaders’ declaration, while other countries demand a focus on broader economic issues.
The wording could be similar to the language in the declaration issued in Indonesia at the 2022 summit, which noted that while most countries condemned Russia for the invasion, there were also diverging views.
An earlier 38-page draft of the final statement reviewed by Reuters left the “geopolitical situation” paragraph blank, while there was agreement on 75 other paragraphs covering issues ranging from global debt and cryptocurrencies to climate change.
(Additional reporting by Manoj Kumar, Katya Golubkova, Krishn Kaushik and Mayank Bhardwaj) Writing by Raju Gopalakrishnan. Editing by Sanjeev Miglani, Jacqueline Wong, and Kim Coghill
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