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India awaits registration of Turkey, Egypt, KSA for G20 meeting in occupied Kashmir

China has already opposed tourism meeting in disputed Himalayan territory
A member of India’s military force stands guard at the G20 foreign ministers meeting in New Delhi, India March 2, 2023. Reuters
A member of India’s military force stands guard at the G20 foreign ministers meeting in New Delhi, India March 2, 2023. Reuters

Egypt, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia have so far not registered for the G20 tourism meeting next week in the occupied territory of Kashmir in India, The Hindu reported.

“A total of 60 international delegates have registered so far for the Third working group meeting to be held from May 22-24,” Union Tourism Secretary Arvind Singh told reporters in Delhi on May 19.

India, which holds the chair of G20 this year, has organised a series of meetings across the country in the run-up to the summit in New Delhi in September.

“A total of 17 G-20 member countries have confirmed their participation till now. Those who have still not registered are China, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The number of invited countries is 9 out of which only Egypt has not registered so far.”

The G20 comprises Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkiye, United Kingdom, and United States and the European Union. The bloc represent around 85% of the global GDP, over 75% of the global trade, and about two-thirds of the world population.

On Friday, China opposed to a G20 tourism meeting next week in the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir in India and will not attend.

“China is firmly opposed to holding any kind of G20 meetings in disputed territory, and will not attend such meetings,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said.

In 2019, India split the state of occupied Jammu and Kashmir to create the two federal territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

A large chunk of Ladakh is under Chinese control.

Ties between New Delhi and Beijing have been strained since a military clash in Ladakh in 2020 in which 24 soldiers were killed.

Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, will host a meeting of the tourism working group for G20 members on May 22-24.

Kashmir is claimed in full but ruled in part by nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan, which has also opposed India’s decision to hold a G20 meeting in Kashmir.

India has countered the objection saying it is free to hold meetings on its own territory. It said on Friday peace and tranquility on its border is essential for normal ties with China.

(With input from Reuters)

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