New Delhi: In a surprise development, the G20 leaders on Saturday arrived at a consensus on the New Delhi Declaration and adopted it, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced.
As Chair of the summit, Modi made the announcement during the second session of the ongoing G20 Leaders' Summit in New Delhi.
"There is good news, with everyone's cooperation consensus has been reached on New Delhi G20 Leadership Declaration," he said.
He praised the hard work of the Sherpas and officials for making it possible to forge a consensus on the final outcome document or the Delhi Declaration.
The development was quite unexpected as the Delhi Declaration was being expected to be announced on Sunday, the last day of the Summit.
Though the details of the wordings of the Delhi declaration are not yet known, the fact that Modi personally having announced that a consensus has been arrived at, indicates that some sort of compromise between Russia/China combined and other members of the G20 bloc has been arrived at, especially on the language related to the Ukraine war..
"India’s G20 Presidency has been the most ambitious in history of G20. There are 73 outcomes (lines of effort) and 39 annexed documents (presidency documents, not including Working Group outcome documents). With 112 outcomes and presidency documents, we have more than doubled the substantive work from previous presidencies," official sources said.
As reported earlier, amid hectic parleys over finding a consensus on the wordings for the Russia-Ukraine war, the G20 diplomats are learnt to have arrived at a "compromise language" to describe the full scale invasion.
Later the Prime Minister lauded the adoption of the New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration and expressed his gratitude to all fellow G20 members for their support and cooperation.
Sharing the digital copy of the New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration, the Prime Minister posted on X:
“History has been created with the adoption of the New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration. United in consensus and spirit, we pledge to work collaboratively for a better, more prosperous, and harmonious future. My gratitude to all fellow G20 members for their support and cooperation.” PM wrote on X.