India PM Modi calls for common ground on global issues at G20 meeting
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on foreign ministers from the Group of 20 (G20) nations on Thursday (2 March) to find common ground on global issues as he inaugurated a meeting that looks set to be dominated by Russia’s year-long war in Ukraine.
European and US delegates, in New Delhi for the foreign ministers’ meeting, have however reiterated that they hold Russia responsible for the conflict, with Germany saying it would use the meeting to counter Russian “propaganda”.
The foreign ministers’ meeting comes days after a meeting of the G20 finance chiefs that was also dominated by war. That meeting ended with India issuing a “chair’s summary and outcome document” instead of a joint communique due to a lack of consensus among the group to condemn Russia.
On Wednesday, Blinken said he had no plans to meet either minister. Ties between Washington and Beijing are strained over Ukraine as well as the US shooting down last month of what it said was a Chinese spy balloon that had drifted over North America.
Blinken was on a brief tour of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan before heading to the Indian capital for the G20 meeting.
Blinken holds talks with Central Asian nations
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Central Asia Tuesday (28 February) to meet officials from all five former Soviet republics following the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“No plans to see either (China or Russia’s foreign ministers) at the G20, although I suspect that we will certainly be in group sessions of one kind or another together,” Blinken told reporters in the Uzbek capital.
During his trip to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, Blinken met with counterparts from all five Central Asian countries that used to be ruled from Moscow and have strong trade links with Beijing.