This year’s meeting of the G20 leaders of the world’s most developed countries took place on November 15-16 at the Nusa Dua resort in Bali, Indonesia. The summit’s main objectives were to address post-pandemic difficulties, economic recovery from the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, and food security. India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who also attended the meeting, has Invited the international leaders to the upcoming G20 summit, which will be hosted in India in September next year.
Against the backdrop, an image showing world leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, US President Joe Biden, and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, among others, is widely shared on social media claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was missing at an emergency meeting called at G20 Summit.
The image is shared on social media with a caption: “US President Biden called an emergency meeting at G20 — India’s so-called Vishwaguru Modi is missing”
Here’s the link to the above post.
NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be MISLEADING.
In a bid to find out what was the meeting about, we found some news reports that a village in Poland, which is close to the Ukrainian border, had been hit by missiles on November 15. Starting with our investigation, we tried to find out what was the meeting about. The incident took place as Russian assaults on Ukrainian cities and energy facilities continued. Members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the G7 multinational political forum who were present in Bali during the G20 Summit called an emergency meeting after it. At the time of this conference, there were rumours that Russia was now also attacking Poland, which may cause global tensions to rise even higher.
We also found a similar image uploaded on the official Twitter handle of US President Joe Biden on November 16, 2022, with a caption: “Earlier, I met with G20 and NATO leaders to discuss the explosion in Eastern Poland near the Ukrainian border. We offer our full support for and assistance with Poland’s ongoing investigation.”
Earlier, I met with G20 and NATO Leaders to discuss the explosion in Eastern Poland near the Ukrainian border.
We offer our full support for and assistance with Poland’s ongoing investigation. pic.twitter.com/KZcWZBo4VI
— President Biden (@POTUS) November 16, 2022
The White House had also issued a press statement, with a headline: “Joint Statement of NATO and G7 Leaders on the Margins of the G20 Summit in Bali”, regarding this emergency meeting.
This confirms that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not present at this meeting, because India is not a part of either NATO or G7. Not all of NATO’s 30 nations were present for the meeting. This emergency meeting was convened during G20 Summit and numerous NATO members were not in Bali, because they were not G20 members.
Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Canada, the US, and the EU are G7 members. Japan, which is not a member of NATO, attended the meeting for this reason.
Thus, it is evident that leaders of NATO and the G7 countries were present at the emergency meeting that Biden called during the G20 conference. PM Modi did not attend the summit because India does not belong to any of these organisations.
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