By Seyi Babalola
The African Union (AU) has been admitted as a permanent participant in the G-20, often known as the Group of 20.
The declaration was made by India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, on Saturday as he opened a summit of world leaders in New Delhi, the country’s capital and home to the richest countries in the world.
Azali Assoumani, the head of the African Union, was asked to join the group as a permanent member by India’s prime minister during his opening remarks.
In his opening remark, Modi said “Today, as the president of G-20, India calls upon the world to come together to transform the global trust deficit into one of trust and reliance.
“This is the time for all of us to move together. Be it the divide between North and South, the distance between the East and West, management of food and fuel, terrorism, cyber security, health, energy or water security, we must find a solid solution to this for future generations.”