New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to embark on a 11-day visit to the US starting Sunday to attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and other important meetings including Quad and BRICS.
During his visit to New York from September 18 to 24, EAM will be leading the India delegation for the High Level Week at the 77th Session of the UNGA. He will visit Washington DC from 25-28 September for bilateral meetings with US interlocutors.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the theme of 77th UNGA is “A Watershed Moment: Transformative Solutions to Interlocking Challenges.”
“In keeping with India’s strong commitment to reformed multilateralism, EAM will be hosting a Ministerial meeting of the G4 (India, Brazil, Japan, Germany), as well as participating at the High Level Meeting of the L.69 Group on “Reinvigorating Multilateralism and Achieving Comprehensive Reform of the UN Security Council,” the MEA said.
The L.69 Group consists of developing countries from Asia, Africa, Latin America, Caribbean and Small Island Developing States, focused on reforms of the UN Security Council.
Further, to commemorate and showcase Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, EAM would be addressing a special event “India@75: Showcasing India UN Partnership in Action” on 24 September, which would highlight India’s development journey and its contributions to South-South Cooperation.
The event is expected to be addressed by the President of the 77th UNGA, along with Foreign Ministers of several member states, and the UNDP Administrator.
During the visit, EAM would also be participating in plurilateral meetings of the Quad, IBSA, BRICS, India – Presidency Pro Tempore CELAC, India-CARICOM and other trilateral formats, such as India-France-Australia, India-France-UAE and India-Indonesia-Australia, the MEA said.
He will also have bilateral meetings with Foreign Ministers of the G20 and UNSC member states, amongst others.
EAM’s address at the High Level Session of the 77th United Nations General Assembly is scheduled in the forenoon of 24 September.
During the visit, EAM will also be meeting with the UN Secretary General António Guterres and the 77th President of the UN General Assembly Csaba Korosi.
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Upon completion of the 77th UNGA related engagements, EAM will visit Washington D.C. from 25-28 September for bilateral meetings with US interlocutors.
“His program includes inter alia, discussions with his counterpart Secretary of State Antony Blinken; senior members of the U.S. Administration, US business leaders, a round-table focused on S&T and interaction with the Indian Diaspora,” the MEA said.
EAM’s visit would enable 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.