S Jaishankar thanks France and Australia for extending its “strong support” to the fight against Covid-19 – fr

S Jaishankar thanks France and Australia for extending its “strong support” to the fight against Covid-19 – fr

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held talks on Tuesday with his French and Australian counterparts Jean-Yves Le Drian and Marise Payne, respectively.

Jaishankar, who is on a four-day visit to London to attend the G7 foreign ministers meeting, thanked Drian and Payne for the support France and Australia have given India to fight the pandemic of Covid-19.

The discussions took place during the first India-France-Australia Trilateral Ministerial Dialogue, held on the sidelines of the G7 foreign ministers meeting.

“In-depth discussions with my colleagues FM @JY_LeDrian and FM @MarisePayne during the first India-France-Australia Trilateral Ministerial Dialogue. I thanked them both for their strong support in meeting the challenge of Covid, ”Jaishankar tweeted.

They also discussed the “Indo-Pacific strategic landscape and agreed on the importance of strengthening our cooperation,” he said.

Earlier, Jaishankar met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday and thanked him for the US help in providing medical oxygen and remdesivir to India.

“Nice to meet my old friend Secretary Blinken in person.” Detailed discussion of the global COVID challenge, focusing on expanded vaccine production capacity and reliable supply chains, ”Jaishankar tweeted.

Jaishankar also met the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell Fontelles, during which they discussed at length issues relating to the Indo-Pacific and Afghanistan.

“A warm conversation with EUHR / VP @JosepBorrellF. I thanked him for the support and goodwill of the EU during this critical time. He discussed preparations for the India-EU leaders meeting, ”Jaishankar tweeted on Tuesday.

“Extensive exchange of views on the Indo-Pacific and Afghanistan: release of a separate statement on Afghanistan,” he said in another tweet.

Jaishankar also met with his South African counterpart Naledi Pandor and discussed cooperative measures to address the challenges of the unleashed Covid-19 pandemic and deal with the economic crisis brought on by the global health crisis.

“A pleasure to meet FM Dr Naledi Pandor from South Africa. A useful discussion about working together to tackle the challenge of Covid. He also spoke about the economic recovery and Commonwealth problems, ”he tweeted alongside footage of his meeting with his South African counterpart.

Jaishankar is in London for the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers meeting at the invitation of British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab.

(With PTI inputs)

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