G20, the ‘first’ for Meloni: it will see Biden, Xi and Modi

The prime minister will have bilateral meetings with world leaders

From Biden to Xi. A week of fire on the international stage for Giorgia Meloni. For the premier there will be her debut at the G20 and her first trip to Asia as prime minister: on Tuesday and Wednesday Meloni will meet the great of the earth in Bali, Indonesia, gathered precisely for the G20. The summit falls at the end of a series of international events – from the first trip to Brussels for a face to face with the top EU institutions to the climate emergencies faced at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh to the meeting with NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg – , events that have placed Italy at the center of the international political scene, also catalysing national interests on foreign policy issues. A dense agenda that served to confirm the country’s Euro-Atlantic position and to reaffirm its ties with Europe. Now, in Indonesia, the issues will shift to international geopolitics.

The Prime Minister will have bilateral meetings with world leaders: according to sources, he will see US President Joe Biden, with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Not only. Meloni will speak at the summit in two sessions: the first on food energy and security and the second on the fight against the pandemic and global diseases. Two steps are expected, while French President Emmanuel Macron is not currently scheduled to meet, after the quarrel that broke out with the Paris government on the migrant case. Macron and Meloni, in fact, have already met twice since the inauguration of the new Italian government: in Rome last October 23 and then in Egypt at Cop 27, an occasion in which Meloni had others face to face (the Egyptian president at -Sisi, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak).

On the subject of the pandemic, however, the US Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, said that the G20 will announce a fund to help countries prepare for future health emergencies. Yellen will meet his counterparts from Italy and France, Giancarlo Giorgetti and Bruno Le Maire in Bali; on the table the question of the energy crisis, one of the issues that the government intends to address in the budget law.