Spain President Pedro sanchez on Thursday tested positive for COVID-19 and will skip the G20 Summit scheduled to take place in India, and he became the third world leader to have pulled out of the G20 Summit. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin are the other two leaders who will not be visiting Delhi.
Taking to X (formerly Twitter), Sanchez said, “This afternoon I have tested positive for COVID and will not be able to travel to New Delhi for the G20 summit, i feel fine.
Spain at the G20 Summit will be represented by the First Vice President Nadia Calvino and Minister of Economic Affairs and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation, he added.
Esta tarde he dado positivo en COVID y no podré viajar a Nueva Delhi para asistir a la Cumbre del G-20.
Me encuentro bien.
España estará magníficamente representada por la vicepresidenta primera y ministra de Asuntos Económicos y el ministro de Exteriores, UE y Cooperación.
— Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) September 7, 2023
Meanwhile, the stage is set for the G20 Summit in the national capital at the newly inaugurated Bharat Mandapam. This is the first time that the G20 Summit is taking place under India’s presidency. The event will be graced by many global leaders and delegates.
India assumed the G20 presidency on December 1 last year and about 200 meetings related to G20 were organized in 60 cities across the country. The 18th G20 Summit in New Delhi will be a culmination of all the G20 processes and meetings held throughout the year among ministers, senior officials, and civil societies.
G20 was formed in 1999 to maintain global financial stability by incorporating middle-income countries.