The G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, which is taking place in New Delhi from March 1-2, was welcomed on Wednesday evening with a dance performance highlighting the richness of Indian culture.
“At the #G20FMM, we welcomed our guests today evening with a performance that highlighted the richness of Indian culture. The performance centered on the festival of Holi,” External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted on Wednesday.
The G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting will take place at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre, with nearly 40 delegations expected to attend. This will be the second ministerial meeting held under India’s presidency. Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors met for the first time in Bengaluru.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, arrived in India on Wednesday to attend the G20FMM. Egypt’s Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, and US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, also arrived for the meeting.
“Welcome to India, FM Sameh Shoukry of Egypt @MfaEgypt, FM @ABZayed of UAE @MoFAICUAE and @SecBlinken of USA @StateDept. Looking forward to deliberations at the #G20FMM. @SecBlinken & FM Shoukry will also participate in #Raisina2023,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in a tweet on Wednesday.
Canada, Argentina, the Netherlands, Singapore, and Bangladesh have also arrived in Delhi for the meeting. According to Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra, it is the largest gathering of Foreign Ministers hosted by any G20 presidency.
“The theme of India’s G20 presidency has been enunciated repeatedly as Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, roughly translating into One Earth, One Family, One Future. For India, the G20 presidency also marks the beginning of Amrit Kaal, which will lead to the centenary of our independence, towards a futuristic, prosperous, inclusive and developed society with human-centric approach at its very core. This is also the spirit which propelled us to organize the Voice of the Global South Summit in January earlier this year, which saw participation of over 125 countries,” Kwatra said at a press conference.