G20 Summit: PM Modi Announces African Union As Permanent Member

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the state of the art Bharat Mandapam Convention Centre in New Delhi today to welcome world leaders for the 18th G20 Summit, which is scheduled to begin today.

The assembly is hosting more than 30 global leaders, including US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, French President Emmanuel Macron and others.

At least 29 flights carrying heads of state or their representatives landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on Friday. The airport deployed extra air traffic controllers (ATCOs) to coordinate all flight movements.

On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi partner Sheikh Hasina held a bilateral meeting in New Delhi. They also signed three (MoUs), one of which was on cooperation in digital payment mechanisms.

US President Joe Biden arrived in New Delhi on Friday to attend the G20 Summit, which will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Joe Biden and US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen held a closed-door meeting with PM Modi.

The 18th G20 Summit will be held at the Bharat Mandapam Convention Centre in New Delhi from September 9 to 10. A Leaders' Declaration will be adopted at the conclusion of the summit.

India's G20 presidency has reached a general consensus on four key financial issues, including the role of the Global South in industrial economies' growth strategies, the restructuring of multilateral development banks for inclusive global growth, the use of digital technology for social development and the exploration of the potential of new technologies for the common good, according to people familiar with the matter.