G20 Summit 2023: Ahead of the third session of Day 2 of the G20 Summit in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed his British counterpart Rishi Sunak and US President Joe Biden at Rajghat to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. PM Modi welcomed the two leaders with an ‘angvastram’ or Khadi stole with an image of Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat. He explained that the Sabarmati Ashram was Gandhiji’s home from 1917 to 1930 as he played an important role in India’s independence movement. The Indian Prime Minister was seen escorting Sunak and Biden to Mahatma Gandhi’s samadhi. He also explained the significance of the ashram to other leaders. The G20 leaders gathered at Gandhi’s samadhi and laid wreaths to pay tributes to him.
PM Modi and his British counterpart Sunak walked barefoot, while others were seen wearing white footwear provided to the visitors at Rajghat. Several leaders, including Canada’s Justin Trudeau, France’s Emmanuel Macron and South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa were also present at the event.
Sunak embarked on a visit to Akshardham temple with his wife Akshata Murthy, while Biden departed for a high-stakes visit to Vietnam.