Preparations for the G20 Summit, scheduled between 9th and 10th September in New Delhi, have been completed. The process of welcoming the guests of G20 members is underway. After Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, now British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has arrived in New Delhi, accompanied by his wife Akshata Murthy. They were welcomed by Union Minister Ashwini Chaubey. This marks Sunak’s first visit to India since becoming the Prime Minister.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has also arrived in Delhi, accompanied by his wife. During the G20 Summit, Prime Minister Modi will engage in bilateral talks with 15 world leaders. According to media reports, three of these bilateral meetings will take place at his residence.
On Friday evening, Modi met with the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth. Afterward, they met with Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. The discussions between them lasted for approximately 27 minutes.
G20 Summit 2023: 5 World Leaders Arrive in Delhi, Each Guest Receives Rs 1,000 in Digital Wallet
Today, on September 8th, the preparations for the G-20 Summit have been completed, and five Heads of States from four major countries will arrive in Delhi. Among them, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte arrived in Delhi at 6:20 AM, while British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak arrived at 1:40 PM. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is scheduled to arrive at 2:15 PM, American President Joe Biden at 6:55 PM, and UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Nahyan will arrive at 8 PM.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping will not be coming to India. Sergei Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of Russia, will represent Russia in Putin’s absence.
Guests for G20 Summit Arrive in India
The President of Argentina, Alberto Fernandez, arrived in India this morning for the G20 summit. Also, present are Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth of Mauritius and President Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria. President Ahmed Tinubu was welcomed with the Marathi tune. They have all arrived to participate as guests in the G20 summit.
Other Important Updates Regarding G20:
- The Prime Minister of Britain, Rishi Sunak, has arrived in Delhi. This marks his first meeting with India as the British Prime Minister.
- Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former RBI Governor H.D. Deve Gowda have also been invited for a dinner during the G20 summit.
- All the dignitaries participating in the summit will receive a digital transfer of one thousand rupees.
- U.S. President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, has tested negative for COVID-19.
- China and the European Union have expressed support for India’s inclusion of the African Union in the G20 summit.
- The Indian Air Force has deployed fighter jets such as Rafale, Sukhoi, Mirage, and Chinook for security during the G20 summit, particularly to safeguard the Trishul formation flying along the China-Pakistan border.
The Falcon AWACS Aircraft of the Indian Air Force for Monitoring
During the G20 summit, the Indian Air Force will monitor the airspace with the Falcon AWACS aircraft. This is referred to as having the “eye in the sky.”
Airports around Hindon, Ambala, Sirsa, and Bhatinda defense airbases, as well as those near Delhi, have been put on alert mode. The Indian Air Force has deployed fighter jets, including Rafale, anti-drone systems, and missiles capable of hitting targets up to 70 to 80 kilometers away.
To detect any unknown aircraft or missiles, the Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AEW&C) are operational. The Indian Air Force’s first indigenous surveillance aircraft, “Netra,” will keep an eye on the airspace in the Delhi region.
In a high-alert situation, NSG commandos are stationed near Mandapam, and helicopters are available for their operations. More than 200 commandos have been trained for such operations.
G20 Summit to Welcome Guests with “Mile Sur Mera Tumhara”
The G20 summit will host its only cultural program, showcasing the rich heritage and power of Indian music. This program, named “Gandharv Odyam,” will be a three-hour event featuring a fusion of Hindustani classical, Karnataka music, and traditional Indian folk music.
A total of 78 artists from India will play 78 traditional instruments. Among these, 34 will represent Hindustani, 18 Karnataka, and 26 folk music instruments. The program will not include any film songs. The grand finale will feature “Mile Sur Mera Tumhara,” performed by all 78 musicians.