The leaders of the G20 member states have visited this Sunday the memorial erected in the Indian capital, New Delhi, in honor of Mahtma Gandhi, one of the main figures of the Indian independence from the British colonial yoke.
Dressed in shawls, the main international leaders have paid tribute to Gandhi by placing wreaths at the Raj Ghat, a black marble slab that marks the place where the Indian leader was cremated in 1948.
The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, led the event, and alongside him we could see the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, and his Brazilian counterpart, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, as representatives of the headquarters of the previous and next summit, respectively.
“As diverse nations converge, Gandhi’s eternal ideals guide our collective vision of a harmonious, inclusive and prosperous global future,” Modi said on his official X profile, formerly known as Twitter, where he shared photographs of the moment.
This visit to the Gandhi memorial is the only event of this summit held outside the conference center in which the leaders appeared before the media the day before. The event allowed all the leaders to be seen together, an image that had not been seen since previous summits.
The G20 summit, which ends this Sunday without any notable declaration being planned, has brought together the leaders of the main states not without controversy, despite the absence of the presidents of Russia and China, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, respectively.
The organization has encountered discrepancies when publishing a final statement condemning the war in Ukraine. While kyiv has criticized the lukewarmness of the document, Moscow sees it as “balanced.”
The United States and other powers have pushed for a stronger statement against Russia, although other states have advocated not addressing the issue of war at this summit. In fact, Lula has indicated that the G20 “is not the appropriate forum” to discuss the issue.