Have to return to path of ceasefire and diplomacy in Ukraine: PM Modi at G20

15 November, 2022 | Pragati Singh

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reiterated India's long-standing position in favour of dialogue and diplomacy in Ukraine and said "'We have to find a way to return to the path of the ceasef...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reiterated India’s long-standing position in favour of dialogue and diplomacy in Ukraine and said “‘We have to find a way to return to the path of the ceasefire” in Kyiv.

While addressing the G20 working session on Food and Energy Security, PM Modi said, “I have repeatedly said that we have to find a way to return to the path of ceasefire and diplomacy in Ukraine.

PM Modi, who arrived in Bali on Monday, said, “Over the past century, the Second World War wreaked havoc in the world. After that, the leaders of that time made a serious effort to take the path of peace. Now it’s our turn. The onus of creating a new world order for the post-Covid period lies on our shoulders. The need of the hour is to show concrete and collective resolve to ensure peace, harmony and security in the world.”

Referring to India as the “holy land of Buddha and Gandhi,” PM Modi expressed confidence that when the G20 gathers next year, they will all agree to send a strong message of peace to the globe.

PM Modi began his remarks by commending Indonesia for providing strong leadership to the G-20 in a difficult global context. Climate change, the Covid epidemic, the developments in Ukraine, and the worldwide challenges related with it, he added, have wreaked havoc on the planet.

“Global supply chains are in ruins. There is a crisis of essentials and essential goods all over the world. The challenge for the poor citizens of every country is more severe. Everyday life was already a struggle for them. They do not have the financial capacity to deal with the double whammy. Due to the double whammy, they lack the financial capacity to handle it. We should also not hesitate to acknowledge that multilateral institutions such as the UN have been unsuccessful on these issues. And we have all failed to make suitable reforms to them. Therefore, today the world has greater expectations from the G-20, and the relevance of our group has become more significant,” PM Modi added.

In response to the pandemic scenario, the Prime Minister stated that India has safeguarded the food security of its 1.3 billion residents. At the same time, food grains were distributed to numerous needy nations. In terms of food security, the current fertiliser scarcity is likewise a major concern.

He went on to say that the fertiliser scarcity is “tomorrow’s food crisis,” and that there will be no solution.
PM Modi stated that the G20 countries must reach a common understanding in order to keep the supply chain of both manure and food grains stable and secure.

“In India, for sustainable food security, we are promoting natural farming and re-popularising nutritious and traditional foodgrains like millets. Millets can also solve global malnutrition and hunger. We all must celebrate the International Year of Millets with great enthusiasm next year,” he added.

Calling India’s energy security “important” for global growth, PM Modi said that it is the world’s fastest-growing economy. He further stated that one should not promote the restrictions on the supply of energy and stability in the energy market should be ensured.

“India is committed to clean energy and environment. By 2030, half of our electricity will be generated from renewable sources. Time-bound and affordable finance and sustainable supply of technology to developing countries is essential for inclusive energy transition,” PM said.

“During India’s G-20 Presidency, we will work for global consensus on all these issues,” he added.