PM Modi proposes G20 membership for African Union

NEW DELHI: In pursuit of India’s stated efforts to lend voice to the so-called Global South, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written to the leaders of the G20 nations, proposing that the African Union be given full membership of the grouping at its upcoming summit in New Delhi.
The PM has taken a “bold step” to enhance Africa’s voice on the international stage and in shaping the future of “our shared world”, said officials on Saturday.

“PM Modi has written to his G20 counterparts to propose that the African Union be given full membership at the upcoming Delhi Summit, as requested by them,” a source said, adding: “PM Modi has led from the front on this matter, which he strongly advocates and supports”.

This will be the right step towards a just, fair, more inclusive and representative global architecture and governance, said other sources.
As part of India’s G20 presidency, PM Modi has been particularly focusing on incorporating priorities of the African countries in the G20 agenda.
Earlier, while addressing the 18th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave in Delhi, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said Africa occupies an important place in India’s foreign policy and during the last nine years, this has been consciously stepped up under the direction of PM Modi.
(With inputs from agencies)

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