G20 INDIA TO HOST 2022 SUMMIT, SAYS MODI
“It’s India’s 75th Independence Day in 2022, and we had requested Italy if we can get ’22 instead of ’21 (to host G20 summit).They accepted our request, others accepted, too”
THE United States diverged with G20 partners at summit talks Saturday in refusing to back global action on climate change and by watering down past pledges to fight trade protectionism.
A final communique adopted at the summit in Argentina said all other G20 members agreed to implement the "irreversible" Paris Agreement on climate change.
But it said the "United States reiterates its decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement."
With US President Donald Trump waging a trade war against China and others, the statement omitted pre-Trump pledges by the G20 to fight protectionism and uphold multilateral trading rules.
Instead, it merely recognized the "contribution" of the "multilateral trading system," and added that it was "falling short" in goals of growth and job creation.
Trump's determination to plow on with his "America First" agenda stands in contrast to the alliance-building presidency of George Bush, whose death Friday triggered a rare show of unity from G20 leaders.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meanwhile has been forced to defend Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian vessels off Crimea in meetings with counterparts such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron.
"The chancellor reiterated her concern about the escalation of the Kerch Strait and her commitment to the freedom of shipping into the Sea of Azov," Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said.
The release of the G20 communique meant that the meeting at least avoided the fate of two other recent summits — those of the G7 and the AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation forum — that ended without any collective statement.
Activists protest against the G20 Summit taking place in Buenos Aires|