Jaishankar meets Commonwealth counterparts, exchanges views on major international issues

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday met his counterparts from several Commonwealth countries and exchanged views on major international issues and ways to further strengthen cooperation with their countries.

Jaishankar attended the plenary meeting of foreign ministers of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). He met his counterparts from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Canada, Tanzania, Rwanda, New Zealand, South Africa, Brunei, Tuvalu, Singapore, Bahamas, Guyana and other member countries of the 54-nation bloc.

Jaishankar arrived here on Wednesday on a four-day visit to attend the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). He will represent Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the summit on June 24-25.

During the meeting with New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaiah Mahuta, the two leaders exchanged views on the agenda of the Commonwealth Summit and discussed strengthening bilateral ties, especially people-to-people aspects.

Jaishankar and his South African counterpart Naledi Pandor discussed the international situation and agreed that India and South Africa should work together for the interests of low-income countries.

Jaishankar tweeted, “It’s always a great meeting with Naledi Pandor, Foreign Minister of South Africa. Discussed the international situation with him. Agreed that India and South Africa should work together for the interests of low-income countries.

During bilateral talks with Tuvalu Foreign Minister Simon Kofe, Jaishankar discussed India’s development partnership with the island nation, focusing on energy, health and climate action.

Jaishankar said India remains firmly committed to taking forward its cooperation in the Pacific Islands.

He tweeted, “It’s nice to be with our counterparts on the sidelines of CHOGM 2022. Tanzanian Foreign Minister Liberta Mulamula, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G.L. Had a meeting with Peiris and Dr. AK Abdul Momen, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh.

Jaishankar said that it was also a pleasure to meet Foreign Minister of Brunei Haji Eriwan Yusuf, Foreign Minister of Singapore Vivian Balrushnan, Foreign Minister of the Bahamas Frederick Michel and Foreign Minister of Guyana Hugh Todd.

He held bilateral meetings with Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie and exchanged views on international issues including the Commonwealth, the Ukraine conflict and the Indo-Pacific region.

Jaishankar said in his tweet, “An open and fruitful conversation with Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie. We agreed to work more closely to advance our important bilateral relationship. Exchanged views on international issues including Commonwealth, Ukraine conflict and Indo-Pacific. Looking forward to getting in touch.”

Earlier, he met Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta during which they discussed the agenda for the Commonwealth Summit starting Friday and exchanged views on regional developments.

Jaishankar tweeted, “Started the day by meeting my host counterpart Vincent Biruta, Foreign Minister of Rwanda. Reviewed bilateral cooperation and discussed related progress made after the 2018 visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Discussed the Commonwealth agenda and wished a successful summit in Rwanda. Exchanged views on regional developments.

The theme of the twenty-sixth CHOGM Summit is ‘Providing a Common Future: Connect, Reform, Transform’.

CHOGM was postponed twice earlier due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday, Jaishankar met Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Rachel Omamo and discussed the impact of the conflict in Ukraine and bilateral ties.

Jaishankar tweeted, “Great to meet my friend Rachel Omamo from Kenya. Our discussions focused on the impact of the Ukraine conflict on food, fuel and fertilizer security.

“Reaffirmed our ongoing cooperation in the UN Security Council,” he wrote.

Jaishankar also met his Belize counterpart. “Glad to meet Eamon Kurten, Foreign Minister of Belize during CHOGM 2022 in Rwanda,” he tweeted.

He tweeted, “Expressed happiness about the engineering center built with Indian help. India will continue to provide vaccines in the global fight against the pandemic.

Leaders of Commonwealth member states will deliberate on issues of contemporary relevance that are expected to adopt a range of documents, including global challenges such as climate change, food security, health issues, and the Kigali Declaration on Child Care and Safety Reform.

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