The 2023 G-20 Summit, hosted in India, began on a compassionate note as Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended heartfelt condolences to the people affected by the recent earthquake in Morocco. He conveyed the collective sentiments of the global community by saying, “Before we begin the formal proceedings, on behalf of all of us, I would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the people affected by the earthquake that struck Morocco a short time ago.”
Prime Minister Modi’s thoughts and prayers go out to the injured, and he reaffirmed the world’s solidarity with Morocco during this challenging time. PM prays that all the injured people get well soon”. ”The entire world community is with Morocco in this difficult time, and we are ready to provide them with all possible assistance.”
Reflecting on India’s role as the President of the G-20, Prime Minister Modi welcomed all the delegates, emphasizing the historical significance of the location. He mentioned a two-and-a-half-thousand-year-old pillar nearby, bearing the message in Prakrit language: “Hevam Lokasa Hitmukhe Ti,” which translates to “The welfare and happiness of humanity should always be ensured.” This message, he stated, was given to the world by India millennia ago.
PM Modi acknowledged the challenges faced by the world in the twenty-first century, stressing the need for innovative solutions with a human-centric approach. He addressed the global trust deficit, which deepened during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent conflicts, expressing optimism about overcoming it collectively. He urged the world to come together, saying, “India calls upon the entire world to first convert this Global Trust Deficit into one trust and one confidence.”
The Prime Minister also highlighted various global challenges, from economic turmoil and regional divides to issues of security and sustainability. He called for concrete solutions, emphasizing the spirit of inclusion and collaboration exemplified by India’s G-20 Presidency.