CHOGM: India, UK to set up joint Commonwealth Diplomatic Academy

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The decision was taken after the meeting held between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, in Rwanda’s Kigali on the sidelines of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

India and the United Kingdom have announced the establishment of a joint India-UK Commonwealth Diplomatic Academy programme hosted in New Delhi which will equip young diplomats from all Commonwealth Member States with expertise and training on global challenges.

The decision was taken after the meeting held between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, in Rwanda’s Kigali on the sidelines of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

“Great to catch up with my British counterpart Foreign Secretary @trussliz. Always useful to exchange notes on the state of the world,” Jaishankar tweeted after the meeting on Friday.

Both ministers underlined the value they place on a strong and revitalised Commonwealth family, fit for the 21st century and delivering clear value and tangible benefits for all members.

India’s External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar addressing CHOGM Leaders plenary session on post-Covid recovery.

“In an increasingly geopolitical world, we must champion the Commonwealth values of democracy and sovereignty. The UK and India are helping to build a modern Commonwealth fit for the 21st century and delivering tangible benefits for its members,” said Truss.

The two ministers also affirmed India and UK’s commitment to delivering a truly connected, innovative and transformative future for the Commonwealth family which supports the needs and expectations of all Member States.

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