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Gaza and Ukraine war, the focus of the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting

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Gaza and Ukraine war, the focus of the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting

Rio de Janeiro: The focus of the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting is the war in Gaza and Ukraine. The opening session of the G20 meeting held in Rio de Janeiro is about dealing with international tensions. Experts in international politics say that the chances of major breakthroughs through the G20 are slim as elections will be held in about 50 countries, including key G20 members like the US and Russia.
The two-day meeting of the foreign ministers of the G20, an organization of the world‘s 20 major economies, was held in Brazil, whose agenda includes conflicts and crises such as the Israeli aggression on Gaza and the wars in Ukraine, polarization.
US Secretary of State Antony Blanken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Rio de Janeiro to participate in the first high-level G20 meeting of the year, while China’s Wang Yi is not participating. Brazil, which took over the G20 presidency from India in December, has expressed hope that it is the forum with the most potential to positively influence the international agenda, but to make the G20 a solution-seeking forum. Efforts suffered a setback when Brazilian leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva accused Israel of “genocide” and compared its military campaign in the Gaza Strip to the Holocaust. This could affect any conflict mitigation efforts by G20.
Four months after the Gaza offensive, which began on October 7, 2023, the chances of progress toward peace seem slim. The United States has vetoed a new UN Security Council resolution on a cease-fire. Washington says its text would jeopardize ongoing negotiations and the release of Israelis held by Hamas.
Similarly, there is little hope of any progress towards an end to Russia’s war in Ukraine, which has left G20 members divided.

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