French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday expressed confidence in India taking over the presidency of the powerful G20, saying he has trust that his "friend" Prime Minister Narendra Modi would bring everyone together to build a peaceful and a sustainable world.
Macron is another prominent world leader to back India's G20 presidency after US President Joe Biden on Friday described India as a strong partner of the US and said that he was looking forward to supporting his "friend" Prime Minister Modi during India’s G20 presidency.
India formally assumed the G20 Presidency on December 1.
Sharing a picture of himself and Prime Minister Modi in a tweet, Macron endorsed the theme of "One Earth, One Family, One Future” that India has chosen to work on during its presidency of the G20.
"One Earth. One Family. One Future. India has taken over the presidency of #G20India! I trust my friend @NarendraModi to bring us together in order to build peace and a more sustainable world,” Macron tweeted.
Prime Minister Modi on Thursday said India will work to further promote oneness, inspired by the theme of "One Earth, One Family, One Future" and listed terror, climate change, pandemic as the greatest challenges that can be best fought together.
India's G20 priorities will be shaped in consultation with not just our G20 partners, but also our fellow-travellers in the global South, whose voice often goes unheard, Modi said in an article which appeared in several newspapers and was posted on his website as well.
India's G20 agenda will be inclusive, ambitious, action-oriented and decisive, he said.
Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had also congratulated Prime Minister Modi and the people of India after New Delhi assumed the Presidency of G20.
"I have every confidence in India's leadership to promote diplomacy and dialogue to build consensus and find enduring solutions to pressing issues in global affairs," he had tweeted.
The next G20 Leaders' Summit at the level of Heads of State/Government is scheduled to be held on September 9 and 10 in New Delhi.
The G20 or Group of 20 is an intergovernmental forum of the world's major developed and developing economies.
It comprises Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK, the US and the European Union (EU).
Together, they account for over 80 per cent of the global Gross Domestic Product, 75 per cent of international trade and two-thirds of the world population.