The Government of India now has “almost ready” the draft with which it aspires to achieve a common message at the end of the G-20 leaders’ summit, despite the fears raised by potential blockades by China or Russia on key issues such as It could be the positions on the war in Ukraine or the global defense of the environment.
The main Indian negotiator, Amitabh Kant, has confirmed in statements to the media that the text that will be “recommended” to the leaders over the weekend is practically finished. It is up to the heads of state and government to “accept” it or not, for which reason Kant acknowledges that it will not be until then when the potential achievements of the summit are confirmed.
“The challenge is to reach consensus on all matters. Each country has the right of veto,” he acknowledged in statements to NDTV, given the obvious differences that exist within this mix of countries. It remains to be seen how India tries to convince governments such as the Russian or the Chinese, which in previous appointments have already stood out on certain issues.
Neither the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, nor his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, will attend the summit in person, but they have shown no sign of relaxing their positions one bit and of being able to agree on significant conclusions with Western powers such as the United States, the United Kingdom United or France.
The British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, one of the first to arrive in New Delhi, has acknowledged the differences that still persist with China in relation to Ukraine or climate change and has denied that there is a consensus. “We are not there yet,” he confirmed to the Bloomberg agency, anticipating “complicated” negotiations.
ENTRY OF THE AFRICAN UNION
One of the milestones that is taken for granted will be the confirmation of the future entry of the African Union into the G20. For the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the consensus on this accession is “a good sign”, as he explained to the media at a press conference from India.
Currently, the only regional organization that is part of the G20 is the European Union, but the African Union would enter as an umbrella for 55 countries and territories, including some whose sovereignty remains in dispute such as Western Sahara.