The biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) will be hosted by the UK in the week of April 16 next year, it was announced this week.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to be among the Commonwealth leaders from over 50 countries to attend the summit, which will include Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle – Queen Elizabeth II’s official residences – as summit venues for the first time.
The Commonwealth Summit is held every two years and the 2018 CHOGM will see the UK take over from Malta as chair of the heads of government until 2020.
“The wonderful thing about the Commonwealth is that we are a family of 52 nations spreading across six regions. What motivates us as a family, and what has guided us, are the shared aims of good governance, sustainable growth, and inclusive social and economic development, aided by our common language, common laws, common parliamentary and other institutions, as well as our cultural ties,” said Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland, as she prepares to host her first-ever CHOGM.
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