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Dhaka speaks ‘multilateralism’ in G20 ministers' meeting

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen represents Bangladesh at the Varanasi meet.

Update : 12 Jun 2023, 08:14 PM

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday spoke about the importance of multilateralism in the G20 meeting in Varanasi, India.

The foreign ministry said he stressed on the challenges faced by the Countries of Global South and called for support from developed countries on means of implementation, financing and capacity building.

At various sessions of the meeting, he emphasized on “upholding the true spirit of multilateralism for greater interest of the Global Community.”

Dr Momen was attending the “G20 Development Ministers' Meeting (G20 DMM)” where foreign as well as development ministers of a number of the G20 countries as well as guest countries joined.

The primary focus of the meeting was on multilateralism, progress of implementation of SDGs and green development, the foreign ministry said.

What is G20?

The Group of Twenty (G20) is the premier intergovernmental forum for international economic cooperation. The forum plays an important role in shaping and strengthening global architecture and governance on all major international economic issues.

India holds the presidency of the G20 from December 1, 2022 to November 30, 2023.

The theme of India's G20 Presidency is - "VasudhaivaKutumbakam" or "One Earth. One Family. One Future."

The group comprises 19 countries - Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Türkiye, United Kingdom and United States - and the European Union.

The G20 members represent around 85% of the global GDP, over 75% of the global trade, and about two-thirds of the world population.

Bangladesh guest country

After India assumed the presidency, Bangladesh has been invited as the guest country.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to attend the G20 Leaders' Summit scheduled to be held on September 9 and 10 in New Delhi.

During the Sunday's meeting, Dr Momen also highlighted the various steps and achievements made by Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

He particularly mentioned the areas of SDGs, green development and adopting various initiatives to facilitate the “Lifestyle for Environment” Mission.

Seeks support for Rohingya return

On the sideline of the G20 meeting, the foreign minister also met with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar, Minister at the Singapore Prime Minister's Office Dr. Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, and Deputy Administrator of USAID Isobel Coleman.

He appreciated India for successfully steering the G20 meetings and their leadership role in addressing the global challenges under India's G20 presidency.

Both Foreign Ministers expressed satisfaction on various achievements which have been taken in the recent time.

During his meeting with the Singaporean Minister, Dr Momen emphasized on expanding the areas of cooperation with Singapore and employing more people from Bangladesh, the foreign ministry said.

With the Deputy Administrator of USAID, he stressed on the robust partnership between Bangladesh and USAID that has spanned for more than five decades.

During both the meetings, Foreign Minister sought support for early and sustainable repatriation of all the displaced Rohingyas to their homeland in the Rakhine State of Myanmar, the foreign ministry said.

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