First ever G20 summit in India to coincide with 75th Independence Day celebrations in 2020

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n 2022, India will host the G20 summit which will also coincide with the 75th year of its Independence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday. It will be the first meet of the global grouping in India.

“It’s India’s 75th Independence Day in 2022 and we had requested Italy if we can get (to host the G20 summit) in 2022 instead of 2021.They accepted our request, others accepted it too. I’m grateful and I invite leadership from across the world to come to India in 2022,” said PM Modi at the 13th meeting of the group in Buenos Aires, Argentina, reported ANI.

Founded in 1999, the G20 brings together 19 of the world’s most industrialised nations and the European Union. Annual meetings of its country’s leaders have been taking place since 2008. This summit was the first to take place in South America.

At the two-day summit, India released a nine-point agenda, including a call for stronger cooperation between countries in efforts to catch fugitive economic offenders, like Vijay Mallya.

PM Modi also held the first ever trilateral meeting of the leaders of India, Japan and the US – a grouping which he named “JAI” (Hindi for success or victory), the second trilateral meeting of RIC (Russia, India China), and an informal meet of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) nations.

On Saturday, he met South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and invited him to be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations in 2019.