India vows full support to UNGA; commitment to multilateralism: Jaishankar to President of 77th UNGA session
20 September, 2022 | Vaishali Sharma
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar pledged India’s entire support for the United Nations General Assembly and commitment to multilateralism during meetings with Csaba Korosi, President of...
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar pledged India’s entire support for the United Nations General Assembly and commitment to multilateralism during meetings with Csaba Korosi, President of the 77th session of the UNGA, at UN headquarters in New York.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework for global progress was one of the centrepieces of the conversations between the UNGA President and Jaishankar.
In a tweet, Jaishankar wrote, “Delighted to meet President of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Csaba Korosi at UN headquarters. Congratulated him on his priorities for UNGA77. Assured him of India’s fullest support. Discussed the criticality of SDG agenda for global progress. Shared Indian experiences in that regard.”
“Reiterated India’s deep commitment to multilateralism,” the tweet added.
Jaishankar began a busy diplomatic week in New York, ahead of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting, with a series of bilateral meetings with colleagues from the Balkans, Europe and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Asia.
Earlier, Jaishankar met with UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan to examine the scope of the two countries’ bilateral strategic relationship, and he praised his thoughts on the global situation.
In a tweet, Jaishankar wrote, “Always a pleasure to meet FM Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan of UAE. Reviewed the continuing progress of our partnership. Appreciated his assessments and insights on the global situation.”
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar participated in a trilateral Ministerial meeting of India-UAE-France with his counterparts as part of his diplomatic contacts in the US, and the key partners shared views.
In continuation to a series of meetings with counterparts from across the world, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held bilateral talks with the Foreign Minister of Serbia, Nikola Selakovic and said that the city of New York during United Nations General Assembly is “full of friends.”
EAM Jaishankar arrived in New York on Sunday for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) high-level conference, and he is expected to meet UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and many heads of state later this week.
Jaishankar is slated to attend more than 50 formal engagements this week, including bilateral, plurilateral, and multilateral meetings.
The Indian minister is due to make India’s message to the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, which is convening under the theme “A Watershed Moment: Transformative Solutions to Interlocking Challenges.”
Commemorating the nation’s 75th anniversary of Independence, the highlight of Jaishankar’s visit will be an event on Saturday, “India@75: Showcasing India UN Partnership in Action”, on New Delhi’s cooperation with the UN and its march towards the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN.
The Assembly’s high-level meeting returns to a complete in-person format after two years of the Covid pandemic with 153 heads of state or government, three Deputy Prime Ministers and 34 foreign ministers expected to participate.
Jaishankar will be in New York from September 18 to 24, while he will visit Washington DC from September 25 to 28, according to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
After concluding his visit to New York on Saturday, he is scheduled to visit Washington for three days starting Sunday for what the External Affairs Ministry said for “a high-level review of the multifaceted bilateral agenda and strengthen cooperation on regional and global issues to further consolidate the India-US strategic partnership”.
In Washington, Jaishankar is scheduled to meet with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other top Biden Administration officials. Washington will also host a round table discussion on science and technology.