US hails India for conduct of G20 Summit, Bill Gates lauds Modi's leadership

Gates hailed the G20 grouping for reaching consensus on digital public infrastructure

modi-biden-g20-pti Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Joe Biden, in New Delhi | PTI

The US State Department has hailed India's conduct of the G20 Summit an 'absolute success.' "We absolutely believe it was a success. The G20 is a big organisation. Russia is a member of the G20. China is a member of the G20," US State Department official spokesperson Matthew Miller told reporters on Monday. 

On Russia's absence from the New Delhi Leaders' Declaration, Miller said the declaration was an "incredibly important statement." 

"There are members that have a diverse range of views. We believe the fact that the organisation was able to issue a statement that calls for respecting territorial integrity and sovereignty and saying that those principles should not be violated is an extremely important statement because that is exactly what is at the heart of Russia's invasion of Ukraine." 

"It is those very questions so we thought that was an incredibly important statement for them to make," Miller added. 

Not just the US, Microsoft founder Bill Gates also lavished praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership. He also lauded the G20 grouping for reaching the "groundbreaking" consensus on the role of digital public infrastructure as a vital accelerator of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Gates took to X to share his optimism. "The #G20 reached a groundbreaking consensus on the role of digital public infrastructure as a critical accelerator of the Sustainable Development Goals. I’m optimistic about the potential of DPI to support a safer, healthier, and more just world. Kudos to PM @narendramodi," he wrote.

DPIs are a technology which enables interoperable, open, and inclusive platforms that provide crucial, societal-wide, public and private services that play a critical role in driving this inclusive digital revolution. 

China too had prised the G20 New Delhi Leaders' Declaration, stating it sent a positive signal that the member countries of the influential grouping are joining hands in tackling global challenges and economic recovery. "The declaration released by the G20 summit shows that China's proposition is a good signal," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning told a media briefing here in response.

"The declaration also signals that the G20 countries are joining hands in tackling global challenges, sending a positive signal to the world on economic recovery," Mao said, adding that China has always attached importance to the G20 20 grouping and supports its work. 


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