Dr Jaishankar also had bilateral discussions with his UK counterpart, Foreign Secretary Mr Jeremy Hunt. The two ministers agreed to bring the entire gamut of India-UK bilateral relations into sharper focus…reports Asian Lite News
External Affairs Minister of India Dr S Jaishankar urged the Commonwealth to fast-track the process of re-admission of the Maldives to the Commonwealth. The newly appointed Indian minister was interacting with his counterparts during the 19th Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting (CFAMM) in London.
The former diplomat congratulated the member countries on the 70th anniversary of Commonwealth and said that India is well on the path of fulfilling all the commitments made by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi at CHOGM 2018 much before the next CHOGM in 2020.
Dr Jaishankar held bilateral meetings with his counterparts from the UK and some other Commonwealth member countries.
The CFAMM undertook a review of the implementation of the mandates of CHOGM 2018 and held discussions on the CHOGM 2020 to be held at Kigali in June next year. During the CFAMM, Foreign Ministers adopted the 70th anniversary Affirmation. Agreed recommendations submitted by the Board of Governance after assiduously deliberating on two High-Level Group reports prepared in accordance with mandate given by the Heads at CHOGM 2015 were considered. The participation of India at Ministerial level is a reaffirmation of the importance that India attaches to the Commonwealth.
Dr Jaishankar also had bilateral discussions with his UK counterpart, Foreign Secretary Mr Jeremy Hunt. The two ministers agreed to bring the entire gamut of India-UK bilateral relations into sharper focus.
Dr Jaishankar thanked his UK counterpart for British Government’s support to Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi’s initiative to build a global Coalition of Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).
He also held separate bilateral talks with Foreign Affairs Ministers of Australia and Canada, and State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh on the margins of CFAMM and covered a wide range of bilateral issues.
During the visit, Dr. Jaishankar also interacted with a large number of MPs, Lords and key representatives of think tanks and media to exchange views on a range of issues to find ways and means to further cement the multifaceted India – UK ties.