On Andaman outing, India gears G20 heads of missions to terror task

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By Our Special Correspondent

New Delhi, November 26: Showcasing the coral reef backyard on the picturesque Swaraj Dweep on the Andaman Islands, India acquainted the heads of the missions of the G20 countries on preparations for the Presidency by underlining the subtle message that countering terrorism could be the top agenda, with thrust on tracking and countering of the finances of terror outfits.

The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday said: “As we mark 14 years since the horrific attacks of 26/11, we join people in India and around the world in mourning the lives lost. Together with India and other international partners, we will continue to work to bring to justice the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks.” India is seeking a greater convergence with the friendly countries for coordinated efforts against terrorism.

“Chief G20 Coordinator briefed Missions about the extensive arrangements for G20 meetings across India, and facilitation for participation of delegates. He recalled that the day also marks India’s Constitution Day and the 14th anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks, and the importance of facing global challenges together,” said the Ministry of External Affairs in an official statement. As many as 40 heads of missions took part in the Andaman outing arranged by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), with the government clearly suggesting that India would strongly seek tourism branding during the G20 Presidency, beginning December 1.

An overview on ongoing finance track deliberations and the approach of India was also provided by the Representative of the Department of Economic Affairs, added the MEA. “In the run up to India assuming the G20 Presidency, a briefing for the Resident Heads of Missions of the G20 member countries, invited guest countries and International Organizations was organized at Swaraj Dweep, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Over 40 Missions and International Organizations participated in the programme. They were given detailed briefings by G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant and Chief G20 Coordinator Harsh Vardhan Shringla on the substantive, operational and logistical aspects of various G20 interactions during India’s Presidency,” added the MEA.

In the context of the multiple challenges facing the world today, conversations on the priorities at the briefing covered areas such as public digital goods and digital infrastructure; climate action, climate finance and technology collaborations; clean, sustainable, just, affordable and inclusive energy transition; accelerated progress on sustainable development goals; women-led development; and multilateral reforms.
Heads of Missions were provided a detailed briefing on the history, culture, environment and development of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands by Chief Secretary Keshav Chandra. The delegates also visited the Cellular Jail to acquaint with the Indian freedom movement. India is bracing up for the G20 Presidency with over 200 meetings across the country. The G20 is essentially meant for economic cooperation, while the grouping has also been taking positions on key global issues.

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