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World Leaders Reach India For G20 Summit

Capital to US President Joe Biden, Britain’s PM Rishi Sunak, and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, among others


United States President Joe Biden on Thursday headed for the G20 Summit, which is scheduled to take place on September 9 and 10 in India.

As the US President boarded the flight for India, Biden, on his social media account X, said, “I’m headed to the G20 – the premier forum for international economic cooperation – focused on making progress on Americans’ priorities, delivering for developing nations, and showing our commitment to the G20 as a forum that can deliver.”

Earlier, on Thursday, Biden departed from Andrew’s air base on Air Force 1 for India to participate in the 18th G20 Summit at the state-of-the-art Bharat Mandapam Convention Centre at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

The White House also said the same on its social media account, X. “President Biden is on his way to New Delhi to attend the G20 Leaders’ Summit, where he’ll work with allies and partners to further strengthen the global economy,” it said in a post on X.

Beginning Friday, Biden has a packed schedule for the three days. He will arrive in New Delhi on the same day.

The US President is scheduled to participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, according to a White House press release.

On Saturday, Biden will participate in an official arrival and handshake with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The US President will then participate in the G20 Leaders’ Summit Session 1: “One Earth”.

Later in the day, he is slated to take part in the G20 Leaders’ Summit Session 2: “One Family” of the G20. Biden will also participate in a Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment event. His day will wrap with a dinner and cultural program with G20 Leaders.

On Sunday, the US President will visit the Raj Ghat Memorial along with other G20 Leaders.

Meanwhile today, the White House recalled the last year’s G20 Leaders’ Summit in Bali and reshared the images of President Biden.

In the post, the White House shared some moments when Indonesia’s leader and Biden had a word on the importance of the countries’ relationship.

“The two leaders also discussed ways to continue working together to promote peace, prosperity, and security in the Indo-Pacific and around the world,” the White House said in a post on X.

The White House also shared the pictures of Biden and PM Modi and said, “President Biden met with Prime Minister Modi of India and President Widodo of Indonesia to reaffirm their shared commitment to the G20 as the premier forum for international economic cooperation.”

Delhi all set

With bright murals, graffiti and painted walls, New Delhi has pulled out all the stops to ensure a smooth G20 Summit that will host world leaders on September 9 and 10.

The G20 Summit being held in New Delhi under India’s Presidency will draw the participation of the top leaders.

The G20, or the Group of Twenty, comprises 19 countries– Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, the United States– and the European Union.

During the summit, the national capital will play host to US President Joe Biden, Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, among others.

The authorities have beautified roads, footpaths, roundabouts, markets, flyovers, and public areas with over 1 lakh potted plants. On the security front, the Delhi Police has heightened security across the city. Delhi Police continued its security checks on Friday morning.

Curbs on traffic regulations have also come into force in the national capital. The New Delhi district has been designated as Controlled Zone-I from Friday 5 am till Sunday 11.59 pm because of the summit.

Delhi Traffic Police on Friday morning said that the movement of buses into the city from the Rajokari border has been stopped with effect from September 8 till September 10.

Online delivery services, except for medicines, have been barred in the area where the G20 summit venue and hotels for delegates are located.

According to the gazette notification issued by the Delhi Government on Tuesday, all types of goods vehicles, commercial vehicles, interstate buses and local city buses have been stopped from operating on Mathura Road (beyond Ashram Chowk), Bhairon Road, Purana Quila Road and inside Pragati Maidan Tunnel from 00:00 hours on the intervening night of September 7 and 8 to 23:59 hours on September 10.

On the security front, the Delhi Police has heightened security across the city. Delhi Police continued its security checks on Friday morning.

Zenon, Ming, Zone, Zozo and Zinger are among six NSG dog squad members with their handlers as well as bomb disposal units kept on checking inside and outside the periphery of Rajghat from the beginning of the day on Thursday till late night on different occasions to ensure safe and secure event.

These specially trained security members of NSG’s dog squad are among their other colleagues who are also strategically deployed at India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and the Pusa campus– other venues where the Summit and related events are scheduled. (ANI)

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