G20 to G21: African Union becomes permanent member as PM Modi hugs chief
New Delhi : The African Union (AU) on Saturday became the permanent member of the Group of 20 largest economies (G20) of the world with Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing its entry into the top global body.
In the opening remarks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the 55-nation AU as the new member of the G20 group. Shortly after the announcement, Union of Comoros President and AU chairperson Azali Assoumani was seen walking up to PM Narendra Modi who gave him a hug, following which he formally took the seat as the new member.
"In line with the spirit of 'sabka saath' (together with everyone), India put forth the suggestion that the African Union be granted permanent membership in the G20. I am confident that we all concur with this proposal. With your unanimous support (he rapped the gavel three times)...," stated Prime Minister Modi.
"Before we start our work, I invite the AU president as a permanent member to take his position," he announced.
In the past few years, India has positioned itself as the strong voice for key issues that must be addressed on a global stage. The AU is an influential organisation comprising 55 member states that make up the countries of the African continent.