Sunak, PM Very Much Looking Forward to the G20 Summit in September: UK Envoy

According to UK High Commissioner in India Alex Ellis, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is eager to attend the G20 Summit in New Delhi in September.

Ellis told PTI in an interview said he believed it was “great” that India is the G20 chair while speaking to PTI on the sidelines of a preview of an art show in New Delhi.

On December 1, 2022, India took over as G20 president.

A total of 200 sessions organized under several bloc tracks will be held nationwide before the September 9–10 Summit.

When questioned about India’s position as G20 chair, Ellis told PTI, “I think it’s great, I think it’s great that India is in the chair of the G20.”

Because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, he said, “the world is currently quite divided.”

The UK representative praised India’s “vibrant” culture and diversity, saying it was a special nation that could draw individuals from all over the globe. And because of this (art, culture), the rest of the world has always been attracted by India since it fascinates people with its many forms, styles, and colors.

Ellis expressed his hope that the G20’s emphasis on culture will repeat the ability to bring together people from across the globe via the arts.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is eager to return to India for the Leaders Summit, according to the UK high commissioner, as India gets ready to host the massive G20 Summit at a recently inaugurated facility at Pragati Maidan in Delhi.

The renowned Bikaner House is hosting Seema Kohli’s art show, “Cut from the Same Cloth,” which will be accessible to the public on Saturday and run until August 4. The UK high commissioner visited the exhibit previously.

Ellis said in reference to sessions of the Culture Working Group that were held in the lead-up to the G20 summit that “culture can attract, it can explain, and what is also fundamental to what it is to be a human being.”

According to him, “everyone has culture, and if you can find a way to connect that, you can do a great thing,” he added, alluding to the G20 theme of One Earth. One Family. One Future, which is shared by many countries, including India, the UK, and the whole globe.

According to Sir John Whittingdale, the UK’s Minister of State for Media, Tourism, and Creative Industries, the UK government is anticipating Prime Minister Sunak’s trip to New Delhi for the G20 meeting in September. Whittingdale made this statement to PTI in Goa last month.

After attending the G20 Tourism Ministerial Meeting, which ended on June 22, he made this statement.

The G20 tourism track’s five interconnected main themes, including green tourism, digitalization, and destination management, were “endorsed by all G20 countries” on June 21 in order to achieve sustainable, resilient, and inclusive development in the industry.

In addition, Whittingdale praised India for its “fantastic job” of leading the powerful group.

Ellis, the high commissioner, spoke about how art has helped him better understand India at the Delhi art show.

“Anyone coming from outside… I’m from the UK, and when you visit a new nation, you naturally want to know more about it. How do I comprehend this nation. Additionally, examining a nation’s art is one approach to do so. Therefore, having artists who can interpret art is amazing, he remarked.

According to him, artists can get you to look at colors, shapes, and forms so that you may start to comprehend.

“Because India is a very large and complex nation. Meeting artists, seeing amazing artwork, and learning more about India are all delights, the envoy said.

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