The conflict between Russia and Ukraine will form an important part of the discussions at the G20 (G20) foreign ministers’ meeting. However, the host, India is confident that the economic challenges posed by the war will receive equal attention India’s foreign secretary, Vinay Mohan Kwatra has said.
“Yes, given the nature and the developing situation in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, it will be an important point of discussion,”
Vinay Kwatra, India’s top diplomat, told reporters on Wednesday, as foreign ministers arrived in New Delhi for the meeting.
“Questions relating to food, energy and fertiliser security, the impact that the conflict has on these economic challenges that we face”, among others, would also receive “due focus”, Kwatra said.
The meeting will be attended by 40 delegations including Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang.
After a welcome dinner later on Wednesday, discussions will be held on Thursday.
G20 includes the wealthy G7 nations as well as Russia, China, India, Brazil, Australia and Saudi Arabia, among other nations, representing about 85% of the world’s economy and two-thirds of its population.