Jaishankar Hosts First Australia-India-Indonesia Trilateral in New York
New York: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held the first Australia-India-Indonesia trilateral with his counterparts in New York on Friday and said the grouping would contribute to ASEAN’s centrality in the Indo-Pacific.
“It is great to hold the first Australia-India-Indonesia Trilateral in New York today. Our convergence on maritime issues, blue economy, digital and clean energy is evident. Our trilateral will contribute to the centrality of ASEAN in the Indo-Pacific,” Jaishankar tweeted. In addition, he had a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain José Manuel Albares and Pekka Haavisto of Finland. The leaders discussed the Ukrainian conflict and Indo-Pacific tensions.
“A good meeting with FM @jmalbares from Spain. Our bilateral cooperation has progressed since his visit to Delhi in June this year. Spain has been a reliable friend in strengthening the India-EU partnership. We also discussed the Ukrainian conflict and Indo-Pacific tensions.”
“Interesting conversation with FM @Haavisto from Finland. Always impressed with how he analyzes contemporary issues with historical perspective. His insights into the conflict in Ukraine were especially helpful,” he tweeted.
On Thursday, Jaishankar met with his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita, “It was good to meet Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita yesterday. Our partnership has grown over the past few years. I look forward to welcoming him to India,” he tweeted.
Earlier today, Jaishankar participated in a high-level meeting of the L.69 group on “Reinvigorating Multilateralism and Achieving Comprehensive Reform of the UN Security Council” in New York.
“Glad to meet so many colleagues and friends of the L-69 group. The title of our meeting, ‘Reinvigorating Multilateralism: A Call to Action for Comprehensive Security Council Reform’, captured the message of the together. The countries of the South are working together towards this goal.”
The L.69 group is made up of developing countries from Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and small island developing states, focused on UN Security Council reforms.
Jaishankar, who is on a 10-day visit to the United States, has over 50 official engagements in total. Highlights of the Jaishankar meetings, particularly with developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and small islands, have a strong focus on UN Security Council reform.
Jaishankar will address world leaders at the General Assembly on Saturday, after which he will depart for Washington and meet US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. (ANI)