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Foreign ministry calls for yoga to be adopted to fight covid aftermath

After two hectic months of scouring the world for the drugs, liquid medical oxygen and oxygen-related equipment needed to fight a brutal second wave of covid-19 infections that hit the country, the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs seems to be tackling the more normal affairs of diplomacy.

One of the first events the ministry is focusing on is International Yoga Day Monday, seen as a showcase of Indian soft power. According to the UN website, this year’s theme is “Yoga for Wellness.”

“Yoga’s message in promoting the physical and mental well-being of mankind has never been more relevant. A growing trend of people around the world to embrace yoga to stay healthy and rejuvenate and to combat social isolation and depression has been seen during the pandemic, ”said the note on International Yoga Day on the UN website. “Yoga also plays an important role. role in the psychosocial care and rehabilitation of covid-19 patients in quarantine and isolation. It is particularly useful in allaying their fears and anxiety, ”he added.

In India, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations provided funds to more than 170 Indian diplomatic missions to celebrate the occasion. Over 100 missions around the world have already hosted many pre-Yoga Day events, albeit on smaller scales than on previous occasions. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote to his counterparts in many countries ahead of International Yoga Day to ensure the success of the event, mint has learned. With many countries opening, albeit cautiously this year, after being shut down due to covid-19 last year, in the hope that the pandemic would subside, the events of Yoga Day were likely a mix of people doing yoga with social activities. smaller numbers of outdoor distancing and people performing the exercises from their homes.

In addition, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will attend in person a meeting of National Security Advisers in Tajikistan of the Shanghai Regional Cooperation Organization which brings together the countries of Central Asia, Russia, China and the United States. Pakistan in addition to India. While Doval is expected to come face to face with his newly appointed Pakistani counterpart Moeed Yusuf, speculation is rife about a meeting between the two in Tajikistan, although Indian officials have ruled out the possibility. India and Pakistan had announced that they would maintain a border layoff truce in February 2021, which is being held. There were also reports of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) playing the role of interlocutor to bring the two to the negotiating table.

The ministry is also preparing for an upcoming meeting of G-20 foreign ministers in Italy, which Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar could attend in person later this month. According to a calendar published by the Italian government, the foreign ministerial meeting will be held in Matera, in southern Italy, on June 29. “A joint session of Foreign Affairs and Development Ministers will also take place on the same day,” the program said, adding that the two meetings would be hosted by Italian Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio. A meeting of G-20 health ministers is scheduled for September. while another of the group’s trade ministers is due in October. The G-20 summit, which could see Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to Italy, is due to take place in Rome on October 30 and 31.

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