The G20 Summit, scheduled to commence on September 8 in New Delhi, will bring together leaders from the world’s 20 major economies to address pressing global issues. These issues encompass digital transformation, climate financing, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), food security, and more. While many world leaders are set to attend the event, some have opted out or have not yet confirmed their participation. Here is a rundown of the leaders attending and those who won’t be present at the summit.
Leaders Attending the G20 Summit:
- US President Joe Biden: President Biden will travel to India for the G20 Summit and is expected to hold bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- Chinese Premier Li Qiang: Leading China’s delegation, Premier Li Qiang will attend the summit, as President Xi Jinping opted out, marking the first time a Chinese president has missed a G20 leaders’ summit.
- British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak: PM Rishi Sunak will make his first official visit to India after taking office by attending the G20 Summit.
- Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese: Prime Minister Albanese confirmed his in-person attendance, emphasizing Australia’s commitment to India Pacific and regional stability.
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: PM Trudeau will travel to Indonesia for the ASEAN summit before attending the G20 Summit in New Delhi.
- German Chancellor Olaf Scholz: Chancellor Scholz has confirmed his attendance, highlighting the summit’s significance despite the absence of Russia and China’s heads of state.
- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida: Japan’s Prime Minister will attend the summit and may address Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
- South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeo: President Yoon will be present at the G20 summit, addressing North Korea’s missile provocations and nuclear threats.
- French President Emmanuel Macron: President Macron will participate in the G20 summit and engage in bilateral discussions with PM Modi on various issues.
- Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman: While awaiting official confirmation, Crown Prince Mohammed is expected to attend the G20 summit.
- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa: President Ramaphosa has expressed full support for India’s G20 presidency.
- Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina: Bangladesh has been invited as an observer, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to attend the G20 summit.
- Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan: President Erdogan will visit India for the G20 summit, discussing a range of topics, including climate change.
- Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez: President Fernandez has confirmed his attendance at the G20 summit.
- Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu: President Tinubu is attending the G20 summit to promote foreign investment and infrastructural development in Nigeria.
Leaders Not Attending the G20 Summit:
- Russian President Vladimir Putin: President Putin will not attend due to concerns about an ICC arrest warrant for alleged war crimes in Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will represent the country.
- European Union Leaders: President of the European Commission Ursula Von Der Leyen and President of the European Council Charles Michel are yet to confirm their attendance.
- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador: President Lopez Obrador is not expected to attend this year’s G20 summit.
Leaders Whose Attendance Is Uncertain:
- Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni: Prime Minister Meloni’s participation at the G20 summit remains uncertain.
- Indonesian President Joko Widodo: President Widodo has not yet confirmed his presence at the summit.
The G20 Summit is poised to address critical global challenges, despite the varying participation of world leaders, with a focus on collaboration and solutions for a better future.
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