Delhi set to host G20 summit, officials say

Reports citing Srinagar as the venue for the summit had come as a surprise, given security concerns

Reports citing Srinagar as the venue for the summit had come as a surprise, given security concerns

India is set to host the G-20 summit in Delhi, while a number of states including Jammu and Kashmir and northeastern states have been asked to offer venues for around 100 meetings “preparatory meetings” which are expected to be held between December 2022 and November 2023 during India’s G-20 presidency, officials from a number of core ministries have said.

Although an official notification has not yet been released regarding the “summit venue”, the government will likely host the G-20 summit, where the leaders of the United States, Russia, China, France, Germany, United Kingdom, European Union and other leaders of world economies are expected at the Pragati Maidan complex in New Delhi. Construction of conference halls and new hotels to house the 20 heads of state and thousands of officials and delegates is already underway, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a transit corridor project this month integrated nearly 1,000 crore to link Pragati Maidan headquarters to other key locations, officials said. However, officials declined to issue an official statement, saying it was “too early to discuss the timing of events and venue” ahead of the summit which was not due to be held until around November 2023.

The clarifications came in response to questions raised on media reports on the possibility of holding the summit itself in Jammu and Kashmir. On Wednesday, Pakistan, which had issued a strong protest last week, sent official demarches to the foreign ministries of G-20 member states, asking them not to attend such meetings in what Islamabad described as “internationally recognized disputed territory”.

Although officials involved in the planning of the G-20 confirmed that they had contacted a number of state governments to inquire about the feasibility of holding the pre-summit meetings in their capitals and major tourist locations. , no location has been finalized so far.

“Pan-Indian Base”

“The idea is to hold G-20 preparatory meetings on an all-India basis…and we are involving state governments in the consultation process,” a senior official said. The Hindu last week, adding that the locations would be decided based on the availability of accommodation and connectivity, as well as other parameters, in each of the locations identified by them.

Letters from the Ministry of External Affairs dated June 4 were sent after a meeting called by Trade and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, attended by Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra, the chief coordinator of the G -20 Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Minister of Tourism G. Kishan Reddy and officials from various ministries. , and the tourism industry discussed logistics planning for the G-20.

Some confusion arose after the letter issued by the Principal Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, appeared in the media, (GO 739-(JK)GAD of 2022 of June 23) sanctioning the constitution of a five-member committee for the “overall coordination of G-20 meetings” to be held in the union territory. In addition, comments from Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha described the meetings as a “very good start” for Jammu and Kashmir, and local officials spoke of the boost they would receive in attracting investment and tourism as well as projecting “peace and normality” in the Union Territory after the move August 2019 reorganization by the Centre.

“It is a matter of privilege for us to have the opportunity to host the G-20 summit. We have formed a committee and we will put all our efforts to make it grand,” Sinha said during the meeting. ‘a press conference. in Srinagar.

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The statement came as a surprise, given security concerns across Jammu and Kashmir this year, including targeted killings of minority members of the Kashmiri Pandit community. A proposed global investor summit and a national film festival due to be held in the union territory have again been postponed. This week, the TPS council, which was to be held in Srinagar, instead met in Chandigarh, due to additional security concerns related to the upcoming Amarnath Yatra. According to official figures, 118 militants have been killed by security forces up to June this year, compared to only 55 last year for the same period, indicating an increase in infiltration and recruitment by terrorist groups.

When asked, diplomats from some G-20 countries also expressed surprise at any decision to hold the meetings without full consultations, as the dispatch of ministers and senior officials to Jammu and Kashmir and other places would require considerable security measures.

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