Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugs President of the Union of the Comoros and Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Azali Assoumani because the latter takes his seat after the Union turned a everlasting member of the G-20 through the G-20 Summit 2023 on the Bharat Mandapam, in New Delhi, on September 9, 2023
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The African Union (AU) on Saturday turned a everlasting member of the Group of 20 largest economies (G-20) of the world with Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserting its entry into the highest international physique.
In his opening remarks on the inaugural session of the two-day G20 Summit, Mr. Modi made the announcement welcoming the 55-nation AU as the brand new member of the grouping.
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Shortly after the announcement, Union of Comoros President and AU chairperson Azali Assoumani took the seat as a full member of the G20.
“In line with the sentiment of sabka saath (with everybody), India had proposed that the African Union must be given everlasting membership of the G20. I imagine all of us are in settlement on this proposal. Along with your settlement (he banged the gavel thrice)…,” Mr. Modi stated.
“Earlier than we begin our work, I invite the AU president as a everlasting member to take his place,” he stated.
Empowering the International South
In the previous couple of years, India has been positioning itself as a number one voice flagging considerations, challenges and aspirations of the International South or the growing nations, particularly the African continent.
Prime Minister Modi has been main from the entrance on the problem of the AU’s membership of the G20. In June, Mr. Modi wrote to the G-20 leaders pitching for in accordance the AU the total membership of the grouping at its New Delhi summit.
Weeks later, the proposal was formally included within the draft communique for the summit through the third G20 Sherpas assembly that befell in Karnataka’s Hampi in July.
The AU is an influential organisation comprising 55 member states that make up the international locations of the African continent.
In an unique interview to PTI earlier this month, Mr. Modi stated Africa is a “prime precedence” for India and that it really works for the inclusion of these in international affairs who really feel their voices aren’t being heard.
The G-20 was based in 1999 in response to a number of world financial crises.
The G-20 member international locations symbolize round 85 per cent of the worldwide GDP, over 75% of the worldwide commerce and about two-thirds of the world inhabitants.
Aside from the brand new member, the grouping includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK, the US and the European Union (EU).