Prime minister Narendra Modi who has condemned the attack and described it as 'anguishing and dreadful', is to leave here later today to attend the summit. US President Barack Obama, who denounced the act as outrageous and gruesome, is also scheduled to attend the summit.

Other leaders expected at the G20 Summit include Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Besides India, France, the US and Turkey, the G20 comprises Argentina, Australia, Britain, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea and the European Union.

Originally formed at the level of finance ministers and central bank governors in 1999 after the East Asian economic crisis, the G20 assumed significance after its elevation to a summit-level forum in 2008, following the global financial crisis.

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