At the Bharat Mandapam, the G20 Summit venue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted numerous world leaders, including US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
Among the first to arrive at the newly constructed venue in Pragati Maidan were UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, IMF Managing Director and Chairman Kristalina Georgieva, and WTO Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
PM Modi warmly received several leaders including Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was greeted with a hug, as were Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who will assume the next G20 presidency, UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Argentinian president.
Lula was accompanied by his wife and Brazilian First Lady Rosngela da Silva. The world leaders walked the red carpet lined with national flags with the wall depicting different yoga postures.
UK prime minister Rishi Sunak greeted PM Modi with a namaste. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and European Commission President Urusula von der Leyen also arrived at the Bharat Mandapam, the grand international exhibition and convention centre.
President of Turkey, Chinese Premier Li Qiang, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Egypt President Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil El-Sisi, Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and Oman Deputy Prime Minister Sayyid Asaad bin Tarik Al Said and Spain’s First Vice President Nadia Calvino were also welcomed by PM Modi.