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Ambassadors of G-20 countries should act as ambassadors of G-20 grouping: Amitabh Kant

Post by ANI on Saturday, November 26, 2022

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Ahead of India officially assuming the G20 presidency, Amitabh Kant, the country's 'Sherpa' for G20 on Saturday briefed delegates including diplomats from all missions of the participating countries at a special session being held at a resort in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

In its first pre-presidency meeting, Kant briefed about India's approaches and urged delegations from international organizations to "not act as their country's ambassadors but as India's Ambassador" to be able to arrive at a consensus on the policy agenda for the event. "Over 40 ambassadors are here in Andaman. We had made a presentation to them on all the working groups, on what India's priorities are and we have requested that they must not act as the ambassador of their country but they should also act as our ambassadors to ensure that their ministers, their Sherpas, their participation is full. They should come prepared because our issue notes have been circulated, they should be fully interacting with us so that we are able to arrive at a consensus," Kant said.

Highlighting India's focus for the G20 and how one of the key agenda items that India will push for long pending reforms in multilateral institutions, India's G-20 Sherpa said that the delegates have been urged to play a very critical role in the agenda for the grouping of the world's most advanced economies as India wants its presidency to be inclusive, and action-oriented.

"We highlighted India's priority of inclusive and sustainable growth, climate finance, accelerated action on SDGs, our digital transformation story of how India has become the pharmacy and the vaccine capital of the world and how we need multilateral reforms as far as the institution is concerned. So, all these issues are brought to their knowledge and they have been requested to play a very active and critical role. They have been told that India wants its presidency as the Prime Minister has said to be very inclusive, to be firm-oriented, to be action-oriented. We will be very decisive and we want all the countries to partner with us in this process. I am truly delighted that all the ambassadors are here and they will play a very active and critical role in the G20," Kant said.

The meetings of the G20 Presidency are being held in Swaraj Dweep, popularly known as Havelock Island, in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

G20's India coordinator, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who is also present for the meetings said, "We're happy ambassadors of G20 countries are here to attend the pre-presidency briefing. G20 Sherpa gave an overview of the country's achievement in socio-economic areas. We presented our preparation on how we seek support on important issues."(ANI)

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