Jaishankar also held conversations with Netherlands Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Wopke Hoekstra and South Africa’s Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor…reports Asian Lite News
Ahead of the G20 Foreign Minister’s Meeting, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Argentina’s Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero, Netherlands Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Wopke Hoekstra and South Africa’s Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor.
“So nice to welcome FM @SantiagoCafiero of Argentina this evening. Glad to see the steady progress in our relations. Trade has expanded significantly even as defence cooperation unfolds. Our nuclear partnership has also been mutually beneficial.” Jaishankar will chair two sessions at the foreign ministers’ meeting on Thursday.
“The first session will focus on multilateralism, and issues related to food and energy. The second session will focus on four or five key issues including new and emerging threats including counter-terrorism and narcotics, global skill mapping, and focus on global talent pools,” said Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra.
Netherlands’ Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra, Canada’s Foreign Minister Melanie Joly, Argentinian Foreign Minister Santiago Andres Cafiero, Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Abul Kalam Abdul Momen reached India on Wednesday to participate in the Foreign Ministers’ meeting to be held under G20 during March 1 and 2 in the National Capital. “A warm welcome to India! FM @SantiagoCafiero of Argentina @ArgentinaMFA, FM @melaniejoly of Canada @CanadaFP, FM @WBHoekstra of Netherlands @DutchMFA and FM @VivianBala of Singapore @MFAsg arrive in New Delhi for #G20FMM. FMs of Canada & Singapore will also attend #Raisina2023,” tweeted Arindam Bagchi, Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday on the arrival of the Foreign Ministers of Canada, Argentina, Singapore, Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, Jaishankar also received a Football jersey from his Argentina counterpart.
Today, Jaishankar also held conversations with Netherlands Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Wopke Hoekstra and South Africa’s Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor.
“Delighted to meet DPM and FM of Netherlands @WBHoekstra today. Welcome his participation in #G20FMM A good discussion on technology, mobility and innovation. Exchanged perspectives on Eurasia and the Indo-Pacific,” Jaishankar tweeted.
“Always a pleasure to meet FM Naledi Pandor of South Africa. This time in New Delhi for #G20FMM. Discussed G20 focus areas and the agenda of our Ministerial. Also exchanged views on BRICS. Appreciated the growth in our bilateral relationship,” he said in a tweet.
The G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM) is scheduled to take place in physical format from March 1-2, 2023 in New Delhi under India’s presidency.
The March 1-2 meeting of the G20 foreign ministers is being held days after a meeting of finance chiefs of the bloc in Bengaluru.
The New Delhi meeting is being attended by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly. In all, representatives of 40 countries, including non-G20 members invited by India, and multilateral organisations will attend. (ANI)