New Delhi, July 1
India will push its plans to hold G-20 meetings at J&K when the group’s foreign ministers meet next week in Bali, Indonesia, sources here said.
At a meeting expected to be dominated by Ukraine where media attention will be turned to the simultaneous participation of Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministers, Beijing is expected to raise the issue of future meetings that will take place. will be held at J&K.
China has already publicly opposed India’s plan to hold G-20 meetings at J&K when it takes over the G20 presidency from Indonesia later this year. “We call on relevant parties to focus on economic recovery and avoid politicizing the relevant issue so as to make a positive contribution to improving global economic governance,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said. In case the issue is raised, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is expected to back the plan on the grounds that J&K is a sovereign part of India.
More interesting, however, will be how the rest of the G-20 handle Western opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s expected attendance at the summit. A preview will be available in Bali next week when Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks.
At the last major G-20 ministerial meeting in March, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her counterparts from developing countries did not join the boycott of Russian Foreign Minister Anton Siluanov’s speech. The walkout was initiated by US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, but ministers from Indonesia, China, Brazil, South Africa and Saudi Arabia, in addition to India, did not agree. followed suit.
Ukraine on the agenda
- Next week’s Bali summit is expected to be dominated by the Ukraine issue
- The glare of the media will be on the participation of the foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia
- At the last G-20 meeting in March, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman did not join the boycott of the Russian FM speech