Jaishankar tweeted after the meeting, “A productive first India-UAE-France trilateral ministerial meeting. Active exchange of views between strategic partners and UNSC members.
Delighted to meet @UN_PGA Csaba Kőrösi at UN headquarters.
Congratulated for him on his priorities #UNGA77, Assured him of India’s fullest support.
Discussed the criticality of SDG agenda for global progress. Shared Indian experiences in that regard. pic.twitter.com/QjLonisuJQ
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) September 20, 2022,
The UAE-hosted meeting on Monday was also attended by its Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna.
Jaishankar began his busy diplomatic week with bilateral and multilateral meetings on the sidelines of the high-level session.
This was the first ministerial ‘trilateral’ meeting of India, UAE and France.
Official sources said that the three countries are different but strategic partners of each other and discussions are focused on areas of commonality and how to specify and strengthen these commonalities.
He said that the three countries are very comfortable with each other and there are many areas where they can potentially work in a more coordinated manner.
He cited the examples of “QUAD” (Australia, India, Japan and US), I2U2 (India, Israel, United Arab Emirates and US) as forums emerging as effective ways of finding a common agenda. There is trilateral cooperation between France and Australia. Such multilateral meetings indicate a new and more contemporary way of doing diplomacy.
He said that generally the groups are regional and close in nature such as SAARC, BIMSTEC, ASEAN and European Union. However, BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are an exception.
Official sources said that diplomacy is changing now and there are countries which are not neighbors or next to each other in some area, but which have some common interests and are working with each other.
After the bilateral meeting with the UAE Foreign Minister, Jaishankar tweeted, “Reviewed the continued progress of our partnership. Appreciated his assessment and insight on the global situation.”
Jaishankar also met Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shouki.
He tweeted, “Our bilateral relations in the areas of defence, trade and investment are growing strongly. Cooperation in new initiatives such as green hydrogen and ammonia and education sectors will further boost them. Discussed our close cooperation in the United Nations and the Non-Aligned Movement. Underscored the importance of Egypt’s participation in the G20 next year.
During a “fruitful exchange of views” with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, Jaishankar said he looked forward to “working together in the G-77 and other multilateral formats”.
He said, “Talked about rice supply and development projects. Welcomed his appreciation for the Panchakarma Center in Havana.”
In his meeting with Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen Hassan, Jaishankar appreciated his comments on the latest developments in the African country.
“Discussed more cooperation in education and business,” he said.
After Albania’s meeting with Europe Affairs and Foreign Minister Olta Jaka, Jaishankar said, “Appreciated our close cooperation in the UN Security Council. Discussed strengthening our bilateral ties. Exchanged views on Ukraine and energy security.