WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL ON JOINT DECLARATION AT G20 SUMMIT: “DIFFICULT TO GET 20 CLOCKS TO…”

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Washington: The United States hoped that all nations will “sign on” to the joint declaration at this week’s G20 Summit in India, but it also made it clear that it is challenging to reach a consensus because nations like Russia and China are less likely to do so.

The G20 summit may possibly come to an end without a consensus statement, according to John Kirby, coordinator for strategic communications at the National Security Council (NSC), as Russia and the West continue to argue over the Ukraine crisis and other matters.

Before the eagerly anticipated summit in the Indian capital, G20 Sherpas are scrambling to come to an agreement on the potential “Delhi Declaration” that would be adopted at the summit.

The top White House official stated that it is challenging to get “Twenty clocks to chime at the same time” in response to a question from ANI regarding the US’ optimism regarding the united declaration in this G20.

Before Thursday’s departure of President Joe Biden for New Delhi, Kirby made the remark.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other G20 leaders will accept the final declaration this weekend, and the G20 Sherpas are working to finalise it. They have a difficult task ahead of them to forge consensus.

“We really do. Of course, we hope so. However, I believe you are aware of how challenging it is to get 20 clocks to chime at the same time, so we will need to work on this. We’ll see where it goes because we are aware that the Indians would also like to have a joint statement, if you will,” Kirby added.

The primary problem is the conflict in Ukraine, where neither Russia nor the Western nations can agree on a solution.

“The conflict in Ukraine is frequently a sticking point because nations like Russia and China are less likely to agree to wording that the rest of the international community finds uncomfortable. However, we’ll have to wait and see how things turn out. But we absolutely want to see that,” he continued.

Sergey Lavrov, the foreign minister of Russia, who would represent Moscow at the meeting, stated that Moscow would veto any summit Declaration that did not reflect its position on the Ukrainian crisis and other world crises.

Despite geopolitical tension, India maintains that agreement on a final communiqué is still possible.

On September 9 and 10, the G20 Leaders’ Summit will be held in India, and US Vice President Joe Biden is expected to participate. His trip to India will begin on September 7.

At a news conference held at the Washington Foreign news Centre, Kirby told reporters that the President is enthusiastic about the significant initiatives he will be supporting at the G20.

The NSC coordinator stated that Biden’s priorities will be on creating economic opportunity for developing nations, moving forward on important issues for the American people, such as technology and climate change, and demonstrating our commitment to the G20 as a workable, if not essential, forum to address these kinds of issues.

“We appreciate Prime Minister Modi’s leadership during India’s G20 presidency, and the President is undoubtedly looking forward to their upcoming bilateral meeting when he arrives in New Delhi. Additionally, he is eager to officially welcome the African Union as the G20’s newest permanent member. Additionally, we think the G20 will become even more powerful because to the African Union’s voice, according to Kirby.

“So one of our main goals heading into the G20 is to help reshape and scale up multilateral development banks like the IMF, like the World Bank,” Kirby added, listing the primary objectives of the G20 Summit. These institutions, as far as we are aware, are some of the most useful resources for encouraging transparent and high-quality investment in developing nations. And for that reason, the US has led the significant initiative to modernise these institutions in order to prepare them for problems in the future.

He added that the President will also urge G20 participants to offer real debt relief so that low- and middle-income nations can regain their footing after years of strain on their economy and populations.

“We’ll also be making progress on other important issues, like as the environment, health, and, as I mentioned before, digital technology. We’ll also highlight the advancements we’ve made in the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment, or PGII as the President puts it, he continued.

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