unga: EAM will organize a trilateral with the United Arab Emirates and their French counterparts

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar will hold a trilateral ministerial meeting with his counterparts from the United Arab Emirates and France, in addition to meeting the foreign ministers of Egypt and Indonesia on the sidelines of the General Assembly of United Nations in New York.

Jaishankar began his visit to the UNGA with a meeting with his Latin American counterparts from the India-Celac Quartet (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States), as New Delhi decided to step up its engagement in the region.

India, the United Arab Emirates and France had held their first trilateral meeting in July to explore potential cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, including in the areas of maritime security, blue economy, regional connectivity and food and energy security. Monday’s trilateral comes immediately after the French Foreign Minister’s visit to India.

The three sides exchanged views on the Indo-Pacific region during the July meeting and explored potential areas of trilateral cooperation, including maritime security, humanitarian and disaster relief, blue economy, regional connectivity, cooperation in multilateral forums, energy and food security, innovation. and startups, supply chain resilience, and cultural and interpersonal cooperation. They also discussed next steps to deepen trilateral cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

Celac was represented by Argentine Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero, Guatemalan Mario Adolfo Bucaro Flores, Amery Browne from Trinidad and Tobago and Colombian Deputy Minister for Multilateral Affairs Laura Gil Savastano. The meeting took stock of developments in the post-pandemic economic recovery and agreed to work closely together in sectors such as trade, agriculture, food and energy security.

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