New Delhi, India: During a private meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Foreign Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said he reviewed relations with the US and talked about global challenges. At the meeting at the premises of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Jaishankar expressed his pleasure at having met US Secretary of State Secretary Blinken on the sidelines of the G20 FMM.
The External Affairs Minister stated that the meeting would be a chance to evaluate bilateral ties and talk about global challenges. Blinken came to the capital city on Wednesday evening to participate in the G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting organised under India’s G20 Presidency.
Blinken posted on Twitter earlier today, saying, “I went to the #G20 today with two imperatives: First, to guarantee that the G20 — with India at the helm — advances our shared goals, and second, to show how the US, together with its allies, is moving to address the needs of the world. Both were successes for us.”
According to a statement by the White House, “Blinken would reiterate the bilateral relationship’s strengthening throughout his three days in India. In discussing the strategic alliance, they will primarily focus on collaboration in the Asian Quad, the G20, the efforts to coordinate the defence strategies, and the Initiative for Critical and Emerging Technologies, which is coordinated by the White House and the Prime Minister’s Office,” Deputy Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu has remarked.
The US Secretary, who just returned from Uzbekistan in Central Asia, is scheduled to attend a meeting of the Quad’s foreign ministers on Friday. On his visit to New Delhi, Blinken is expected to participate in the Raisina Dialogue as well. Those in attendance at the G20 FMM include German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang, and British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly.
At the G20 FMM, Jaishankar is also scheduled to meet with Qin Gang, the Chinese foreign minister. Jaishankar brought up the problems with the UN’s global decision-making process in his opening remarks to attendees of the G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting (G20 FMM) earlier this morning in New Delhi.
The security of food, fertilisers, and fuel, which are crucial issues for developing nations, was also on the table for today’s discussions. Using a video link, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the opening remarks at the G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM) in the capital. The gathering takes place as the war between Russia and Ukraine continues.
“We shouldn’t let problems that we can’t address together prevent us from solving those that we can,” PM Modi said in a video address to the G20, urging the group to reach an understanding and settle disagreements. The FMM, which is being chaired by Jaishankar, is the second ministerial meeting on the agenda for this year’s G20 summit under the Indian Presidency.