Triumphant Modi caps India’s G20 summit with lap of honor

New Delhi, Sep 10 (EFE).- Indian prime minister Narendra Modi concluded the G20 Summit in Delhi with a lap of honor around the convention center that hosted the international gathering of the leaders of the world’s 19 largest economies and the European Union.

The Hindu nationalist, who is often elusive with the media, smiled and waved to a mass of journalists who waited almost two hours for him to appear.

“Modi, Modi, Modi”, chanted the hundreds of attendees as soon as the Indian leader came through the door and walked a few centimeters away from the press.

He was quick to express his satisfaction at India’s presidency of the G20, although he did not deliver any remarks.

Before his arrival, the venue was subjected to exhaustive security measures by the summit staff, who created a wide security perimeter to separate Modi from journalists, and walked bomb dogs in every corner of the building.

This mass of reporters that the prime minister wanted to meet stands in sharp contrast with the posture he usually maintains with the media – he has not given a press conference in India since he came to power in 2014.

Modi has only held one press conference since then, last March, along with US President Joe Biden during an official visit to the United States.

The Indian leader has never answered questions from journalists outside of controlled environments and his interactions have been limited to a few interviews with media outlets seen as sympathetic or close to the BJP government, Modi’s party.

His lap of honor came hours after he handed over the baton of the G20 presidency to Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, whose country will host the G20 leaders’ summit in November next year.

The meeting of leaders of the world’s major economies concluded Sunday in New Delhi, with India lauding the consensus among the members in reaching a joint agreement that before the summit began seemed unlikely due to the conflicting positions on the war in Ukraine.EFE


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