First significant international summit in J&K after the abrogation of Article 370
The G20 summit is all set to be in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in 2023, making it the first significant international summit to be held in J&K after the abrogation of Article 370. The administration of the Union Territory has constituted a five-member high-level committee for general coordination regarding the G20 summit.
Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday avered that the Union Territory’s hosting of the G20 summit in 2023 was a matter of privilege, adding that the administration will put in every effort to make it a “grand event”.
L-G Manoj Sinha said, “It is a very good beginning. It is a matter of privilege for us that we will get the opportunity to host the G20 summit. We have framed a committee and we will put in all our efforts to make it grand.”
The G20 group includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States (US), and the European Union (EU).
Meanwhile, Pakistan which is not a part of the G20 said on Saturday that it rejects India’s attempt to hold a meeting of G20 countries in Kashmir. It said that members of the G20 will be fully cognizant of the imperatives of law and justice and would oppose the proposal outright.
In August 2019, the Narendra Modi-led government had withdrawn the special status guaranteed under Article 370 of the Constitution and had bifurcated the former state into union territories.
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