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G20 Foreign Ministers to meet in Brazil to discuss wars in Ukraine and Israel

G20 Foreign Ministers to meet in Brazil to discuss wars in Ukraine and Israel Illustrative photo (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Foreign ministers of the Group of Twenty (G20) countries will convene on Wednesday, February 21st, in Rio de Janeiro. They will discuss global tensions and ways to enhance multilateral organizations in preparation for the annual summit of leaders chaired by Brazil, citing The Guardian.

The two-day meeting, set to take place at a yacht marina in Rio, kicks off today with a focus on the global situation and conflicts, including the wars in Ukraine and Israel.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet at the same table for the first time since their brief face-to-face exchange at last year's meeting of foreign ministers in New Delhi.

A European diplomat has disclosed that Brazil will propose a second G20 foreign ministers' meeting in September during the UN General Assembly in New York to advance negotiations on global governance involving all UN member states invited to participate.

Brazil's president on the Israel war

Brazil's President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva previously remarked that the events unfolding in the Gaza Strip echo moments in history when Hitler decided to kill Jews. He further commented that it seemed to be a war involving well-prepared soldiers with women and children.

In response, Israel has decided to declare Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva persona non grata.

It has recently been revealed that Israel is prepared to expand its military operation in southern Gaza and launch a ground offensive on Rafah, near the border with Egypt.