Putin and Zelensky will attend G20 meeting, says Indonesian President Joko Widodo

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to attend the G20 summit to be held in Bali in November.

Widodo, the current chairman of the G20 group, made the remarks in a televised statement on Friday in which he said he had telephone conversations this week with Zelenskyy and Putin. He said he urged the Ukrainian and Russian leaders to end the war through negotiations.

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I reiterated the importance of ending the war immediately, he said. I also stressed that peaceful efforts must continue and that Indonesia stands ready to contribute to those peaceful efforts. He said he invited Putin and Zelensky to the G20 summit because the war in Ukraine is having a major impact on the global economy.

We understand that the G20 plays the role of catalyst in the recovery of the global economy, Widodo said. Widodo said he had rejected the Ukrainian leader’s request for arms but would instead send humanitarian aid.

The mandate of the Indonesian constitution and the principles of our foreign policy prohibit us from providing arms assistance to other countries, Widodo said. However, we are ready to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine, he added.

(Edited by : Anand Singha)


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