9 Sept 2023

African Union Becomes Permanent Member Of G20, PM Modi Announces

New Delhi: The G20 summit has started in New Delhi. Prime Minister Modi welcomed foreign guests at Bharat Mandapam. In his inaugural speech, the PM paid tribute to those killed in the Morocco earthquake. He said that we are with Morocco in this hour of grief and will help the people in every possible way.

In the summit, the Prime Minister proposed to make the African Union a permanent member of the G20. As soon as the PM passed it in his capacity as Chairperson, African Union Chairperson Azali Assoumani got up and hugged PM Modi. India's proposal was also supported by China and the European Union. 55 countries of Africa will benefit from African Union getting membership of G20.

Years old challenges demand new solutions: PM

Earlier, in his opening message, PM Modi said the welfare and happiness of humanity should always be ensured. Two and a half thousand years ago, the land of India gave this message to the entire world. Let us begin this G-20 Summit by remembering this message.

PM Modi said the 21st century is a time that has the potential to give a new direction to the entire world. It's a time when years old challenges demand new solutions from us. Therefore, we must move forward by fulfilling all our responsibilities with a Human Centric approach.

PM Modi said after Covid-19, a huge crisis of lack of trust has come in the world. Conflict has deepened this trust deficit.

Just as we can overcome Covid, we can also overcome this crisis of mutual trust, he said.

Transform Global Trust Deficit into global trust and confidence

PM said today, as the President of the G-20, India invites the entire world to come together and, first and foremost, transform this Global Trust Deficit into global trust and confidence.

This is a time for all of us to walk together, and the mantra of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, and Sabka Prayas' can become a guiding light for all of us, Modi added.

PM said we must move towards concrete solutions for these challenges, not just for the present but also for future generations.

India's G-20 presidency has become a symbol of inclusion, both within the country and beyond, representing the spirit of 'Sabka Saath'.

It has become a People's G-20: Modi

PM said it has become a 'People's G-20'. Millions of Indians have engaged with it.

Over 200 meetings have been held in more than 60 cities across the country.

It was in the spirit of 'Sabka Saath' that India proposed permanent membership for the African Union in the G-20. I believe that we all agree on this proposal, the PM added.

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