Brazilian president says will invite Russian, Chinese leaders to 2024 G20 Summit

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said that he would invite his Russian and Chinese counterparts, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, respectively, to the next G20 summit, which will take place in Brazil in 2024.

In the aftermath of the G20 summit in the Indian capital of New Delhi, the country’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, transferred the G20 presidency to da Silva.

The next gathering of the forum will take place from Nov. 18-19, 2024 in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.

“I will invite them (Xi and Putin) and hope that they will come to Brazil and participate in the summit,” India’s Ani news agency quoted the president as saying at a news conference.

Da Silva added that he was not aware of reasons why the Russian and Chinese leaders did not attend the summit in New Delhi.

He also expressed hope that by the time the 2024 summit in Brazil opens, the conflict in Ukraine will come to an end and everything “will be back to normal.”

The president outlined topics that will be discussed during the G20 gathering in Brazil, adding that its organisation is a great responsibility for the country.

“We will put inequality at the top: inequality of gender, race, education, health, poverty, and hunger.

“The world needs balance,” da Silva said, saying also that he plans to discuss energy transition, reform of multilateral institutions, and the possibility of granting Brazil a permanent membership in the UN Security Council.

The top-level G20 summit in New Delhi, which took place from Saturday to Sunday last week, gathered the 20 member states as well as nine other nations, including Bangladesh, Egypt, Spain, Mauritius, Nigeria, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Singapore. (Sputnik/NAN)