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Span’s President Sanchez Tests Covid Positive, To Skip G20 Summit in India

Last Updated: September 08, 2023, 07:33 IST

Madrid, Spain

Spain's Prime Minister and Socialist Workers' Party Pedro Sanchez greets an election official before voting at a polling station in Madrid, Spain, Sunday July 23, 2023. (AP)

Spain’s Prime Minister and Socialist Workers’ Party Pedro Sanchez greets an election official before voting at a polling station in Madrid, Spain, Sunday July 23, 2023. (AP)

Spain’s President Pedro Sanchez tests positive for COVID-19, missing G20 Summit in New Delhi. Other world leaders also withdraw from the event

Ahead of the G20 Summit, Spain’s President Pedro Sanchez has announced that he tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday and will skip the diplomatic event in New Delhi.

Sanchez announced the news on social media platform X, formerly Twitter. He said that Spain would be represented at the G20 Summit by First Vice President Nadia Calvino Santamaria and Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares.

Esta tarde he dado positivo en COVID y no podré viajar a Nueva Delhi para asistir a la Cumbre del G-20.Me encuentro bien.

España estará magníficamente representada por la vicepresidenta primera y ministra de Asuntos Económicos y el ministro de Exteriores, UE y Cooperación.

— Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) September 7, 2023

“This afternoon I have tested positive for COVID and will not be able to travel to New Delhi for the G20 Summit. I feel fine. Spain will be magnificently represented by the First Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation,” Sanchez said.

The G20 is scheduled to be held in the national capital on September 9-10. Over 30 heads of state and top officials from the European Union, guest countries, and 14 heads of international organizations are expected to attend.

Spain’s Sanchez joins Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping as the third world leader to skip the summit. Putin had conveyed his reason to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the phone for his non-attendance.

Meanwhile, China has not revealed why Xi Jinping is not attending the event.

Rohit

Rohit is a News18.com journalist with a passion for world affairs and a love for football. Follow him on Twitter at @heis_rohit

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