"We Truly Believe It Was a Triumph": US Praises India for Successful G20 Summit in New Delhi

G20 Summit: Despite differences over the Russia-Ukraine war, India achieved complete agreement on the New Delhi Leaders' Declaration, a significant diplomatic achievement.
"We Truly Believe It Was a Triumph": US Praises India for Successful G20 Summit in New Delhi
"We Truly Believe It Was a Triumph": US Praises India for Successful G20 Summit in New DelhiImage Credit: PTI

G20 Summit: The US has praised India for the successful completion of the G20 Summit in New Delhi, calling it a "absolute success." 

Although Russia was not expressly addressed in the declaration, US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller noted that the statement made an important commitment to respecting states' territorial integrity and sovereignty.

In response to a query concerning Russia's absence from the proclamation and China's absence from the event, Miller responded during a press conference, "We absolutely believe it was a success." 

To begin, in response to the statement, the G20 is a large organisation. Russia is a G20 member, and China is a G20 member." He emphasised that different countries' opinions differ within a huge group like the G20. 

Significance of G20

According to Miller, the organization's primary achievement was the release of a declaration calling for the preservation of territorial integrity and sovereignty, saying that these ideals should not be infringed. 

This statement was especially important in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Miller declined to comment directly on Chinese President Xi Jinping's absence from the G20 Summit but remarked that the summit had been "incredibly productive" for President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken as they engaged with their international counterparts in New Delhi. 

He emphasised the significance of the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor, in which the US participates. 

This corridor is expected to increase connection from Europe to Asia, boosting economic growth, development, and cross-continent collaboration on energy and digital connectivity.

G20 Declaration: Ukraine, Diplomacy, and Principles

Success of G20 Summit
Success of G20 SummitImage Credit: ANI

During the event, there was no interaction between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, according to Miller.

At the outset of the second session of the G20 Summit in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the agreement on the 37-page declaration. 

Notably, the declaration avoided direct mention of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a compromise made to suit China and Russia's conflicting viewpoints, which had opposed such a reference against Western nations' aspirations.

In their proclamation, the G20 countries emphasised that the current era should not be one of conflict and urged all governments to maintain international law fundamentals such as territorial integrity and sovereignty. 

They also pushed for actions aimed at attaining comprehensive, just, and long-term peace in Ukraine, while firmly rejecting the use or threat of nuclear weapons.

Furthermore, the proclamation restated the G20's core focus on international economic cooperation and reiterated that it was not a venue for resolving political matters, despite the fact that such issues could have global economic ramifications. 

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G20 Summit Highlights Key Initiatives

External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar emphasised at the summit discussions about the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and its impact, particularly on poor and least developed countries still recovering from the epidemic and economic disruptions.

To address the uneven recovery from the COVID-19 epidemic, the G20 leaders also urged for strong, sustainable, and inclusive growth. 

They emphasised the importance of investing trillions of dollars to accomplish climate targets and create sustainable energy technology.

In addition to the announcement, Prime Minister Modi, President Biden, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, and other world leaders unveiled the India-UAE-Europe commercial corridor. 

This programme involves trains and marine linkages aimed at enhancing regional economic activity. President Biden called the new economic corridor a "big deal," emphasising its emphasis on developing sustainable and resilient infrastructure, investing in quality infrastructure, and creating a better future. 

The initiative's introduction was praised as "historic" by leaders from all participating countries.

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