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India: G7 no longer plays significant role as G20 shows - Lavrov03:25

India: G7 no longer plays significant role as G20 shows - Lavrov

India, New Delhi
January 15, 2020 at 07:01 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that new centres of economic power and political influence were on the rise, showing that the Group of Seven (G7) nations could no longer decide everything, speaking at the Raisina Dialogue 2020 conference in New Delhi on Wednesday.

"The creation of G20 was the recognition that G7 cannot anymore decide any issue of any significance," Lavrov said.

He called for the reform of the UN Security Council, saying that the under-representation of developing countries as permanent members of the council was a problem.

"India and Brazil absolutely deserve to be on the council together with an African candidate. And our position is that the purpose of the reform is to make sure that the developing countries have a better treatment in the central organ of the United Nations," the Russian diplomat stated.

Going on to discuss ongoing conflict in Libya, the foreign minister said that talks in Moscow on January 13 were intended as part of a peaceful settlement process that will continue at a conference in Berlin.

"We never pretended that this would be the final meeting to resolve each of their issues. We have been promoting this meeting in Moscow as a contribution to the conference in Berlin which will be held this coming Sunday," said Lavrov

The Raisina Dialogue is an annual multilateral conference which brings together politicians, business leaders and media to discuss cooperation on a wide range of pertinent international policy matters.

India: G7 no longer plays significant role as G20 shows - Lavrov03:25
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that new centres of economic power and political influence were on the rise, showing that the Group of Seven (G7) nations could no longer decide everything, speaking at the Raisina Dialogue 2020 conference in New Delhi on Wednesday.

"The creation of G20 was the recognition that G7 cannot anymore decide any issue of any significance," Lavrov said.

He called for the reform of the UN Security Council, saying that the under-representation of developing countries as permanent members of the council was a problem.

"India and Brazil absolutely deserve to be on the council together with an African candidate. And our position is that the purpose of the reform is to make sure that the developing countries have a better treatment in the central organ of the United Nations," the Russian diplomat stated.

Going on to discuss ongoing conflict in Libya, the foreign minister said that talks in Moscow on January 13 were intended as part of a peaceful settlement process that will continue at a conference in Berlin.

"We never pretended that this would be the final meeting to resolve each of their issues. We have been promoting this meeting in Moscow as a contribution to the conference in Berlin which will be held this coming Sunday," said Lavrov

The Raisina Dialogue is an annual multilateral conference which brings together politicians, business leaders and media to discuss cooperation on a wide range of pertinent international policy matters.

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