New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday held talks with New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta and urged expeditious visa processing of Indian students desirous of studying in New Zealand.
The two leaders also exchanged views on issues of international concerns such as the Indo-Pacific and the Ukraine conflict.
This is S Jaishankar’s first visit to New Zealand as External Affairs Minister.
“Warm and productive talks with New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta this afternoon. Two societies, respectful of tradition and culture are seeking to forge a more contemporary relationship,” Dr Jaishankar tweeted.
Warm and productive talks with New Zealand Foreign Minister @NanaiaMahuta this afternoon.
Two societies, respectful of tradition and culture are seeking to forge a more contemporary relationship. pic.twitter.com/8xdZLunxHF
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) October 6, 2022
“Will do so if we play to our strengths: Business, technology, digital,education, talent and agriculture. Can cooperate on pressing global issues including climate action, pandemics and maritime security,” he added in the thread.
“Appreciated the exchange of views on (issues of) international concerns such as the Indo-Pacific and the Ukraine conflict. Value our working together in multilateral forums including the UN and Commonwealth,” he said.
Took up the issue of Indian students impacted by Covid measures. Urged expeditious visa processing of those desirous of studying in New Zealand now, the minister concluded.
Dr Jaishankar, who is on a visit to New Zealand and Australia from October 5-11, is also scheduled to participate in an event along with Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern to felicitate members of the Indian community in New Zealand for their exceptional achievements and contributions.