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India, UAE and France hold first trilateral ministerial meeting in US

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar arrived in New York on Sunday to attend the high-level session of the United Nations General Assembly.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar arrived in New York on Sunday to attend the high-level session of the United Nations General Assembly.

India, the United Arab Emirates and France held their first trilateral ministerial meeting here on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session and launched a new and more contemporary approach to diplomacy with a focus on the “active exchange” of views between strategic partners and UNSC members. Methods discussed. ,

foreign Minister S Jaishankar arrives in New York On Sunday to attend the high-level 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which begins on 20 September with the opening of the General Debate.

“A productive first India-UAE-France trilateral ministerial meeting. Active exchange of views between strategic partners and UNSC members,” Mr Jaishankar tweeted on Monday after the meeting organized by the UAE, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Foreign Minister of the UAE and France’s Europe and Foreign Affairs With the Minister of Affairs Catherine Colonna.

Mr Jaishankar began his busy diplomatic week with a series of bilateral and multilateral engagements during the high level session.

This was the first ministerial meeting of the India, UAE and France trilateral.

Official sources said the three countries are different but each other’s strategic partners and discussions are focused on areas of commonality and how to specify and concrete these commonalities.

He said that the three countries are very comfortable with each other and there are many areas where they can potentially work in a more coordinated manner.

He cited the example of the Quad (Australia, India, Japan, US), I2U2 (India, Israel, United Arab Emirates and the United States), trilateral to say that such multilateral meetings are a new and more contemporary way of doing diplomacy. indicate. As fora emerging as effective ways of finding a common agenda among India, France and Australia.

He said that the groups were generally regional and embodied in nature such as SAARC, BIMSTEC, ASEAN and the European Union with the exception of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).

Official sources said that diplomacy is changing now and there are countries which are not neighbors or next to each other in some area but which have some common interests and are working with each other.

After his bilateral meeting with the UAE Foreign Minister, Mr. Jaishankar tweeted: “Reviewed the continued progress of our partnership. Appreciated his assessment and insights on the global situation.” Official sources said that for India, this Things are progressing very well on several fronts with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Gulf country and the United Arab Emirates in June. Mr. Jaishankar’s visit two weeks ago For the 14th India-UAE Joint Commission meeting.

Mr. Jaishankar also called on the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shouki.

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri during a meeting during the high-level session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2022

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri during a meeting during the high-level session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2022. photo credit: PTI

Our bilateral relations in the areas of defence, trade and investment are growing strongly. Cooperation in new initiatives such as green hydrogen and ammonia and education sectors will give them a further boost. Discussed our close cooperation in the United Nations and the Non-Aligned Movement. Recognized the value of Egypt’s participation in the G20 next year,” he tweeted.

Official sources said the meeting with the Egyptian leadership was important, adding that Egypt is completely on the same page as India when it comes to re-focusing the world on development concerns, issues such as the Global South.

Describing the ties as a great meeting of minds, sources said India’s economic ties with Egypt are doing well, trade is at an all-time high and there are very strong investment interests.

Egypt is also presiding over COP27 and they are big players in the areas of renewable energy, especially green hydrogen and ammonia.

During a “fruitful exchange of views” with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, Jaishankar said he was looking forward to “working together in the G-77 and other multilateral formats”. “Talked about rice supply and development projects. Welcomed their appreciation of the Panchakarma Center in Havana,” he said.

India has given a loan of 100 million euros to Cuba to buy rice. Cuba is also expected to take over as chairman of the G77, the global South grouping that pervades the UN processes.

In his meeting with Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen Hassan, Mr Jaishankar appreciated his briefing on the latest developments in the African country.

“Discussed more cooperation in education and business,” he said.

In his meeting with Albania’s Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Olta Xhaka, Jaishankar said: “The United Nations Security Council attached importance to our close cooperation. Discussed strengthening our bilateral ties. Of views on Ukraine and energy security. exchanged.” Sources said India and Albania working together in the UN Security Council has been a great experience and both sides want to see if they can build on the experience of the Security Council and take it into the bilateral relationship.

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