The United States has given its full support to India’s upcoming G20 Presidency from December 1 this year until November 2023.
India and the United States held the 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Washington with the Indian side led by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and the American side was represented by Secretary of State on Monday. ‘State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
The joint statement issued after the fourth 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue between India and the United States said that “the United States has given its full support to India’s upcoming G20 Presidency from December 2022 to November 2023.” In this context, the ministers reiterated their commitment to work closely together on international security, social and economic issues of global interest and impact, the statement added.
Earlier on Thursday, responding to a question to the Rajya Sabha on how India is set to assume the responsibility of chairing the G20 this year in December, Minister of State for External Affairs Rajkumar Ranjan Singh clarified India’s role as chair of the G-20 and the responsibilities and power that position would bring to the country.
“As the G20 Presidency, India will set the agenda for the year, identify themes and focus areas, lead the discussions and prepare the outcome documents. The G20 Secretariat will be responsible for a smooth transition from the previous presidency, preparations and conduct,” said the Minister of State.
He said hosting the G20 deliberations would also result in “economic opportunities in different sectors such as tourism, hospitality, IT and civil aviation, among others, during our year as Chairman. “.
“India will be able to identify, highlight, develop and strengthen international support for priorities of vital importance to developing countries in various social and economic sectors, ranging from energy, agriculture, trade, digital economy, health and environment to employment, tourism, anti-corruption and women’s empowerment, including in priority areas that impact the most vulnerable and the most disadvantaged,” he said.
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