G20 Curtain Raiser Summit Set to Take Place in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Over 40 mission heads and international organisations on Friday visited the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for the G20 curtain raiser.

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Delegates in Andaman and Nicobar Islands for G20's curtain raiser. (Photo/ANI)
Delegates in Andaman and Nicobar Islands for G20’s curtain raiser. (Photo/ANI)

India will approach the G20 Summit with a unique perspective that aims to better support and encourage developing countries, said Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Barry O’Farrell. He expressed his support for India as it prepares to assume the G20 presidency on December 1 this year. The Russian Ambassador, Denis Alipov, also reaffirmed his support for India’s upcoming G20 Presidency during the G20 curtain raiser in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Over 40 heads of missions and heads of international organizations participated in the G20 curtain raiser event in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. They visited the Cellular Jail, where the British imprisoned Indian author and ideologue Veer Savarkar, as part of the tour organized by G20’s India coordinator, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, and G-20 Sherpa, Amitabh Kant. The selection of Andaman and Nicobar Islands as the location for the curtain raiser was significant due to its proximity to Indonesia and its historical connection to the Indian freedom struggle.

Alex Ellis, the British High Commissioner to India, highlighted India’s suitability to host the G20 presidency amidst the challenges faced by the world. He acknowledged the importance of Cellular Jail in Port Blair and expressed his respect and understanding of the past acts that took place there.

During his address in Bali, Indonesia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized India’s commitment to working with G-20 partners towards sustainable and equitable development. The theme of India’s G20 Presidency is “One Earth, One Family, One Future,” with a focus on cooperation for global peace and prosperity and capacity building to tackle emerging challenges.