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Including All Members In Talks Is India's Biggest Commitment: Jaishankar On G20 Summit

The external affairs minister emphasised the significance of India's G20 presidency, saying it should not be viewed as just another diplomatic event

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Even having everyone in the room was a real challenge at the last G20 meeting in Bali, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Thursday, emphasising that including all members in conversations is India's “biggest commitment” during its presidency. 

Jaishankar said at the G20 University Connect session that India has a middle ground to bring different parties to the table.

“The world is extremely polarised. Even having everyone in the room was difficult at the last G20 meeting in Bali. A country like India, which is self-sufficient, has a middle ground to bring different parties to the table,” the minister explained.

Jaishankar also emphasised the sufferings of the global South as a result of polarisation.

“Polarisation may occur elsewhere in the world, but people in the Global South suffer the most. Our intentions are to inform leaders about what a large portion of the world believes,” he said, adding that now is the time for India to become the voice of the under-represented Global South.

To emphasise the significance of this juncture, the external affairs minister said that this is not just another diplomatic occurrence.

“On the contrary, it is a critical responsibility that India is taking on at a critical juncture in world politics and in India's own history,” Jaishankar said.

“There are very good reasons why the world is becoming more interested in us today. The G20 presidency provides an opportunity to share our story with others, particularly those who may be able to apply some of our lessons to their own performance or challenges,” he added.

The G20 University Connect brought together students and leading academicians from 75 universities across the country with top leaders, scholars, policymakers and academia.

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