No country should provide shelter to economic offenders: India's G20 Sherpa to WION

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 21, 2019, 07.29 PM(IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

File photo of Suresh Prabhu. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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Head of the summit, India's G20 Sherpa Suresh Prabhu spoke exclusively to WION's Principal Diplomatic Correspondent Sidhant Sibal on what will be India's focus areas in the summit

The G20 summit is scheduled for June 28 and 29 in Osaka, Japan. This will be PM Modi's sixth appearance in the G20.

Head of the summit, India's G20 Sherpa Suresh Prabhu spoke exclusively to WION's Principal Diplomatic Correspondent Sidhant Sibal on what will be India's focus areas. Sherpa is a person who leads negotiations at multilateral groupings on behalf of a country.

Speaking to WION, Prabhu said climate change, energy and environment will be India's major highlight in the summit. Besides this, the summit will also discuss on ensuring no safe havens to the economic offenders and holders of black money.

Suresh Prabhu said, "We are keen that the economic offenders and those who are the perpetrators of economic crime, holders of black money should be brought to book. Those are running away from India should be brought back and no country should provide them shelter."

"We are very keen, economic growth should happen on a faster basis, and support should come from all global community. Climate change, energy, environment are very important issues. Global community should join to create a world-class infrastructure that should be quality in nature. So we are working on all these issues, " he added.

Answering a question on protectionism, Prabhu said global trade should be free from any restrictions and added that multilateral should be followed with respect to World Trade Organisation.

"India is of the strong view that global trade should be free from any restrictions. Multilateral should prevail, it should happen under WTO. Reforming WTO is necessary but it should happen in a way that all the countries in the world should have the right to decide. WTO should be forum for growth, equity and inclusiveness," he added.