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Spanish President Contracts COVID-19, Will Miss G20 Summit in New Delhi

Spanish President Contracts COVID-19, Will Miss G20 Summit in New Delhi

In a recent development, Spain’s President Pedro Sánchez has tested positive for COVID-19, leading to his withdrawal from the upcoming G20 Summit in New Delhi, India. President Sánchez announced his diagnosis on X (formerly Twitter) and reassured that he is feeling fine. In his absence, Spain will be represented at the G20 Summit by First Vice President Nadia Calvino and the Minister of Economic Affairs and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, EU, and Cooperation.


Spain's President Pedro Sánchez with PM modi
Spain’s President Pedro Sánchez with PM modi


President Sánchez joins Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin as the third world leader to cancel their attendance at the G20 Summit in Delhi. Despite these cancellations, the stage is set for the summit at the newly inaugurated Bharat Mandapam in the national capital. This marks a historic moment as it is the first G20 Summit to be held under India’s presidency, with an impressive lineup of global leaders and delegates in attendance.

Extensive preparations have been made for the summit, aiming to showcase India’s soft power and modern face to the world. The G20, formed in 1999, primarily focuses on maintaining global financial stability and includes middle-income countries in its efforts. India assumed the G20 presidency on December 1 the previous year, hosting approximately 200 meetings across 60 cities in the country in the lead-up to the 18th G20 Summit in New Delhi. This summit will serve as the culmination of all these processes and meetings, involving ministers, senior officials, and civil societies.

The G20 Summit will conclude with the adoption of a G20 Leaders’ declaration, emphasizing leaders’ commitments to the priorities discussed and agreed upon during various ministerial and working group meetings. Looking ahead, Brazil is slated to assume the G20 presidency in 2024, followed by South Africa in 2025.


G20 Summit preparation
G20 Summit preparation


Also read: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Advocates a Rules-Based Post-Covid World Order

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