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Virtual G20 Summit to be Held on November 22

NEW DELHI: The government has zeroed in on November 22 as the date for a virtual summit of G20 leaders, where implementation of decisions at the New Delhi summit will top the agenda.

The decision to hold the virtual summit before India hands over the presidency to Brazil in December was taken during the main summit last month but the government had not announced the date. This is the first time that leaders from the G20 nations will gather twice during the year and will take stock of progress since the main meeting.

In fact, India had opted to hold the summit well before its presidency was to end, which was marked by several major takeaways from the New Delhi Declaration, including getting the West as well as China and Brazil to agree on a common text on the Ukraine conflict, something that had split the group since the Bali summit.

In fact, so wide was the gulf that none of the ministerial meetings held during India’s presidency saw a communique, reflecting a lack of consensus, and instead the ministers had to settle for a chair’s summary and outcome document, with footnotes pointing to the gaps on the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

Ahead of the leaders’ summit, however, sherpas managed to put together a communique that saw outcomes in several areas, ranging from climate change to cryptocurrency regulation.

Government sources said the detailed agenda was being worked out with initial deliberations already held. The virtual meeting will come around the time when several state elections are likely to be held.

Source: The Times Of India