World Leaders Reach Delhi for G20, PM Trudeau suggests he wants to raise the issue of foreign interference


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggests he wants to raise the issue of foreign interference in a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 leaders summit, according to media report.
“As always, we will emphasize how important the rule of law is,” Trudeau said Friday at a news conference in Singapore when asked what he would say to Modi about allegations that India has engaged in foreign meddling, including in relation to the large Sikh population in Canada, CBC reported.
“It is incredibly important that we continue to protect Canadians from any and all types of interference,” he said Friday morning.
“One of the things we’re focused on in this inquiry is recognizing, yes, China and Russia are responsible for interference, but other countries engage in it as well,” he said, adding the commission “will go where the facts bring them.”
Trudeau arrived in New Delhi Friday for the two-day summit. The G20 agenda is focused on climate change, food security, global energy needs, gender equality and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The G20 Leaders’ Summit is being held in New Delhi on September 9-10, 2023. More than 30 heads of state and top officials from the European Union, invited guest countries, and 14 heads of international organizations are expected to attend. Ahead of the summit, strict traffic curbs have been put in place to restrict the movement of vehicles in the area where the G20 summit venue and hotels for delegates are located.
The Group of Twenty (G20) is the premier forum for international economic cooperation. It plays an important role in shaping and strengthening global architecture and governance on all major international economic issues. India holds the Presidency of the G20 from 1 December 2022 to 30 November 2023.
G20 comprises 19 countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Türkiye, United Kingdom and United States) and the European Union. The G20 members represent around 85% of the global GDP, over 75% of the global trade, and about two-thirds of the world population.
The theme of India’s G20 Presidency – “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” or “One Earth · One Family · One Future” – is drawn from the ancient Sanskrit text of the Maha Upanishad. Essentially, the theme affirms the value of all life – human, animal, plant, and microorganisms – and their interconnectedness on the planet Earth and in the wider universe.
India and US have released a joint statement after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden held bilateral talks on the latter’s arrival in Delhi this evening. PM Modi looked forward to welcoming President Biden to next Quad leaders’ summit to be hosted by India in 2024, the statement said.
“India is the right country at the right time hosting this. I am an example of the living bridge that PM described about UK and India,” UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told ANI. On the India-UK trade deal which is in the talks, he says G20 is not the forum to discuss that. He also said the two countries’ governments are working on to tackle the Khalistani threat. He also speaks on his India ties and his faith.