Jakarta (ANTARA) - G20 is the moment to transcend the dichotomy between developed and developing nations, Japanese Ambassador for Indonesia Kenji Kanasugi stated in a special interview with ANTARA here on Wednesday.

G20 is an international forum comprising 19 countries that work together to handle major issues. Indonesia holds the G20 Presidency this year.

While G20 should pay attention to the gap between developed and developing countries, what the G20 members should focus on are the common issues that all countries are dealing with, he remarked.

Common issues that G20 countries can focus on have already been included within the three themes that Indonesia has prioritized in the G20: global health architecture, digital transformation, and energy transition.

Additional issues that developing and developed nations can discuss during Indonesia's G20 Presidency involve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Accords, and climate change, he added.

"Both (developing and developed countries) are stakeholders, you know, equal partners, and they need to assume their respective responsibilities under the framework," Kanasugi explained.

"I think that G20 is very close to that framework, so developing countries as well as developed countries assume responsibilities and try to make the world a better place," he remarked.

In relation to this, he deemed Indonesia's G20 theme -- "Recover Together, Recover Stronger" -- to be a relevant theme that can unite our divided world.

"Well, I think 'Recover Together, Recover Stronger' is a very timely and relevant theme because the world is more or less polarized because of the pandemic as well as the Ukrainian crisis," he remarked.

"Hence, I think (that) it is a very timely theme to unite the world once again," he affirmed.

In addition, Japan expressed its full support to Indonesia and expects the success of the G20, the ambassador stated.

He noted that for Indonesia, holding the G20 in the current condition is especially difficult due to the Ukrainian crisis. In particular, dealing with Russia's participation is a complicated matter.

"Our relationship with Russia cannot go on as if nothing happens in Ukraine, and I think that the G20 process could not proceed business as usual," he remarked.
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