President Ranil Wickremesinghe has been extended an invitation to participate in the upcoming Summit of the Group of 77 (G77) plus China, slated to take place in Cuba in September, as reported by foreign media sources.
The invitation was conveyed by the Cuban Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Andrés Marcelo González, who presented a letter from Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel to President Wickremesinghe during a diplomatic meeting. This announcement was made through Cuba’s official state news agency, ‘Prensa Latina,’ referencing diplomatic insiders.
Scheduled for September 15 and 16 in Cuba, the summit’s central theme is “Current Challenges of Development: Role of Science, Technology, and Innovation.”
Founded in 1964 as part of the Non-Aligned Movement, the G77 plus China comprises a coalition of 134 countries. This coalition seeks to advance the collective economic interests of its member states while also fostering increased collective negotiation power at the United Nations.
The group faces formidable developmental challenges, representing a significant global demographic with 80 percent of the world’s population and over two-thirds of UN member states. As the Summit approaches, the G77 plus China continues its efforts to address these challenges and enhance cooperation for the benefit of its member nations.