Brazil says G20 sherpas to avoid thorny issues at prep meetings

G20 diplomats have agreed to avoid prickly geopolitical issues during their ministerial meetings preparing for the summit of the world’s largest economies in November, host Brazil’s sherpa said on Friday

Meetings through October will avoid geopolitical discussions so that agreements can be advanced on issues such as climate change, reducing hunger in the world, trade and investment, according to Mauricio Lyrio, Brazil’s G20 sherpa.

In February, finance leaders from G20 failed to agree on a joint statement in a meeting in Brazil, with divisions over the wars in Gaza and Ukraine.

Lyrio told journalists that an agreement was reached with his counterparts in the group, following “really tough talks” during a preparatory meeting in Rio de Janeiro this week.

“What we got in this meeting was a deal to how to proceed from now on, so the ministers can focus on their specific themes,” he told journalists. “Look for agreements in your areas. You do not need to deal with geopolitics anymore”.

Later this month, economic leaders and central bank chiefs from the group will meet in Rio de Janeiro, where the annual summit of G20 leaders is scheduled for November 18-19.

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Reporting by Rodrigo Viga Gaier in Rio de Janeiro; writing by Andre Romani; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan
Via Reuters

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