India will participate in the G4 foreign ministers meeting on September 22 and the G20 meeting called to discuss the unfolding situation in Afghanistan and will also brief world leaders. Foreign Minister (EAM) Dr. S Jaishankar will represent India at the meetings. EAM S Jaishankar is already in New York and has already participated in more than ten bilateral meetings with his counterparts. MEA Jaishankar, according to ANI, has had in-depth talks on Afghanistan. The G4 or Group of Four Nations includes Brazil, Germany, India and Japan.
Meanwhile, the G20 or Group of 20 countries include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and European Union. ANI quoted a source close to India’s position to say that the talks on Afghanistan have two sides. While one of them was a security threat emanating from the country, another is the humanitarian food crisis and the drought situation plaguing the country.
According to the report, India will agree with the world community that Afghan soil should not be used by other terrorist groups such as Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed ISK (Islamic State-Khorasan). New Delhi would also stress that UN resolution 2593 should be the driving directive for global diplomacy. ANI also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also address the issue of Afghanistan in its bilateral meetings with leaders of the United States, Japan and other countries.
EAM organized around fifteen bilateral meetings
Foreign Minister Dr S Jaishankar held around 15 bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 21 (local time), including those with Iran, Australia, Egypt and Indonesia. Jaishankar, who is currently visiting the United States, for the UNGA high-level segment which began on Tuesday (local time) in New York.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi departed for the United States on Wednesday morning to address the 76th session of the UNGA and participate in the first-ever in-person summit of the leaders of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad). The theme of this year’s general debate is “Building resilience through the hope of recovering from COVID19, rebuilding sustainably, meeting the needs of the planet, respecting the rights of people and revitalizing the United Nations”. Leaders from around the world have started arriving in New York for the UNGA high-level segment week.
Notably, this year’s UNGA meeting will be held in a hybrid format, with in-person attendees and others joining virtually. However, a large number of leaders are expected to be in the United States. Besides the British and Norwegian foreign ministers, Jaishankar also met his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein and exchanged views on “the historical ties, the ties of economic, energy and development cooperation”. He described the meeting with Hussein as “cordial”.