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G20 Leaders' Summit: Country To Decide On Representatives, Says S Jaishankar On Xi Jinping's Absence

On Wednesday, the virtual G20 Summit was held under the chairmanship of PM Modi while the 18th annual G20 Leaders' Summit was held in New Delhi on September 9 and 10. President Xi Jinping remained absent in both the events.

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External Affairs' Minister S Jaishankar
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As Chinese President Xi Jinping refrained from attending the virtual G20 Summit on Wednesday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that it is entirely for the country to decide on the representatives.

On Wednesday, the virtual G20 Summit was held under the chairmanship of PM Modi while the 18th annual G20 Leaders' Summit was held in New Delhi on September 9 and 10. The summit witnessed the unanimous adoption of the G20 New Delhi Leaders' Declaration, which demonstrated the commitment of the G20 leaders to address global challenges in an inclusive, decisive and action-oriented manner.

What did Jaishankar say?

"It's for a country to decide who represents them, and Prime Minister Li Qiang had represented them at the G20 New Delhi Summit as well, so they chose to continue with that...," Jaihshankar said during the G20 closing presser on Wednesday.

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The EAM further said that India's G20 presidency was Global South-centric, and it had brought development back to the centre of the G20.

He said, "There was one point, I think, which all of us would have noted today, a very clear recognition, that India's G20 presidency was Global South-centric, and it had brought development back, fair, square, and centre of the G20. Think this was a very widely voiced thought not just among the G20 members, but also I would say among the international organisations."

What did G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant say?

G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant during the press conference emphasized number of things that were taken up by India are now all being carried forward by Brazil.

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He said, "Today we had 22 heads of government and all heads of international organisation participating in it. So it was a very well-attended virtual conference. Secondly, since G20 works in continuity, our focus since the 9th and 10th of September has been on implementation."

"A lot of things have been implemented both domestically and we are pushing for implementation. A number of things which we have taken up are all being carried forward by Brazil. Brazil's theme is to build a fair world and a sustainable future. And under that most of what we have announced in the New Delhi Leaders Declaration, we'll push for implementation under the Brazil presidency," he noted.

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