India hosts G-20 tourism meet
Written by Samson Ojeniran on May 22, 2023
India is holding a key G20 tourism meeting in Kashmir amid heightened security and opposition from China.
Over 60 delegates from G20 member countries are expected to attend the 3- day event being held in Srinagar, the summer capital of the federally administrated territory, from Monday to Wednesday.
This is the biggest international event organized in the region since India scrapped its special status in 2019.
China, however, has said it will not attend, citing its firm opposition “to holding any kind of G20 meetings in disputed territory”.
India, however said, that it was “natural” to hold G20 events and meetings in “Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, which are an integral and inalienable part” of the country.
The G20, which includes the world’s 19 wealthiest nations plus the European Union, accounts for 85% of global economic output and two-thirds of its population.
India currently holds the presidency – which rotates annually between members – and is set to host the G20 summit in Delhi in September.