New Delhi, September 9
Noting that India’s G20 Presidency has become a symbol of inclusion both inside and outside the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that it has become “People’s G20” in India and crores of citizens are connected with it.
In his opening statement at G20 Summit being hosted under India’s presidency, PM Modi spoke of global challenges and said ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas’ can be the torch bearer to address these.
The plaque in front of PM Modi at the G20 Summit said “Bharat”.
“India’s G20 presidency has become a symbol of inclusion, of ‘sabka saath’ both inside and outside the country. This has become People’s G20 in India. Crores of Indians are connected to this. In more than 60 cities of the country, more than 200 meetings have taken place. With the sense of ‘Sabka Saath’, India had proposed that the African Union be granted permanent membership of G20. I believe that all of us agree to this proposal,” he said.
PM Modi also invited the head of the African Union to take his seat as a member of the G20.The first session of the summit under the theme ‘One Earth’ started at Bharat Mandapam, the venue of the conference.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar accompanied the President of the Union of Comoros and Chairperson of the African Union (AU), Azali Assoumani as he took his seat among world leaders.
“With everyone’s approval, I request the African Union Chairperson to take his seat as a permanent G20 member,” PM Modi said.