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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrives in India for G20 Meeting

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US Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in India on Tuesday for the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (G20 FMM). Lavrov will also take part in the Raisina Dialogue 2023.

In addition to Lavrov, Secretary General Li Junhua of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DSA) arrived in India for the G20 FMM.

“Welcome to India! FM Sergey Lavrov of Russia @mfa_russia and @UNDESA Under Secretary General Li Junhua arrive in New Delhi for #G20FMM. FM Lavrov will also attend #Raisina2023,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted on Tuesday.

Bagchi on Tuesday also tweeted: “Pleased to welcome FM @SenatorWong of Australia @dfat and FM @MevlutCavusoglu of Turkiye @MFATurkiye for the #G20FMM in New Delhi. They will also participate in #RaisinaDialogue2023.”

Lavrov and Jaishankar are expected to hold bilateral talks and will touch on a number of regional topics including “developments in Ukraine”, according to a press statement.

“We share the relevance of India’s stated priorities: ensuring inclusive and sustainable economic growth; accelerating progress towards the achievement of sustainable development goals; reforming multilateral institutions; digital modernisation; and increasing women’s economic engagement,” read the Russian Foreign Ministry statement.

Bagchi earlier on Tuesday said that arrivals for the 1st G20 India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting have begun.

“Arrivals for the 1st #G20India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting have begun! Welcoming FM Mauro Vieira of Brazil, FM Alan Ganoo of Mauritius and @ILO G20 Sherpa Richard Marc Samans to New Delhi for the G20 FMM to be held on 1-2 Mar 2023. Ministers will also attend #RaisinaDialogue2023,” the MEA spokesperson tweeted.

The G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM) is scheduled to take place in New Delhi on March 1-2, 2023, under India’s presidency.

In total, 40 countries, including non-G20 members invited by India, and multilateral organisations will be represented.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to speak to the foreign ministers of the G20 member countries about India’s growing global influence.
One of the most important G20 meetings is the Foreign Ministers meeting.

With India in the chair, countries are looking to India to bring economic stability, especially at a time when multilateral bodies such as the UN and UNSC have struggled to maintain peace and security. The FMM agenda will be jam-packed for a one-day plus meeting. Though a photo op with all foreign ministers is unlikely, several discussions will take place on March 2.

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