G20 summit agrees on Delhi declaration after negotiators toil for 150 hours: report
There is consensus of the G20 leaders summit declaration, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi said in the second session of the summit.
A number of world leaders at a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, in New Delhi, on Saturday, September 9, 2023. (ANI Photo)
LEADERS of G20 grouping on Saturday (9) adopted the New Delhi Leaders Declaration through consensus, prime minister Narendra Modi said.
The prime minister’s announcement came in the second session of the summit when he said, “We just received good news. Due to hard work of our teams and due to your cooperation, there is consensus of the G20 leaders summit declaration.”
His declaration received a wide clap from the guests who were present on the occasion.
But how did the consensus happen particularly when experts were apprehensive that the G20 may not be able to arrive at a consensus particularly over the Ukraine war and the top leaders of Russia and China not attending the event.
According to a report by Times of India, negotiators from the G20 member nations finalised the language on the Ukraine conflict after negotiating hard for more than 150 hours.
The Times of India cited a source familiar with the closed-door negotiations telling it ahead of the official revelation that “there is 100 per cent consensus on the full text of the communique, including on Russia-Ukraine (issue)”.
It said that agreement was reached on all issues, and it is based on a new text and a New Delhi language on Ukraine.
Another source called the deal “historic” which was agreed upon by all 20 members of the bloc.
The deal was reached through tough negotiations that reflected the wide divergence between the G7 countries and Russia and China, the daily report said.
Sources further told the news outlet that while talks at the sherpa level went on throughout Friday (8), it was only towards early Saturday (9) morning that some breakthrough began to show. Sherpas are leaders’ envoys and drafts worked out by them have to be accepted by the top leadership.
“The New Delhi Leaders Declaration has been officially adopted at the G20 India Leaders’ Summit! Today’s era must be marked as the golden age of human-centric globalisation and India’s G20 Presidency under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi has worked tirelessly towards this goal,” India’s G20 sherpa Amitabh Kant said on X.
“Historical and Path breaking G20 Declaration with 100% consensus on all developmental and geo-political issues. The new geopolitical paras are a powerful call for Planet, People, Peace and Prosperity in today’s world. Demonstrates PM Narendra Modi leadership in today’s world,” he added.
India had played a significant role in resolving the impasse at the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, last year but the challenge returned ahead of this year’s summit under India’s chairmanship with ministerial talks concluding without a communique.
According to the Times of India, while outcome document and joint statements had a footnote mentioning dissent from Russia and China over the reference to the conflict in Ukraine, most of the issues on the G20 summit were settled a few days ago following a softening of stance by Beijing.