Friday, January 27, 2023
HomeDiplomacyJaishankar discusses 'important regional concerns' with US' Blinken on sidelines of G20...

Jaishankar discusses ‘important regional concerns’ with US’ Blinken on sidelines of G20 Summit

The meeting between the Minister of External Affairs and US Secretary of State took place amid growing international concern over China's aggressive moves in the Indo-Pacific region.

Text Size:

Rome: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the sidelines of the G20 Summit here on Saturday, discussing issues relating to the bilateral strategic partnership and updated each other on “important regional concerns”.

Jaishankar is accompanying Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the ongoing G20 Summit from October 30-31. Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval are the members of the prime minister’s delegation.

“A very good meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinkien in Rome on sidelines of G20 Summit. Discussed a wide gamut of issues relating to our partnership. Updated each other on important regional concerns,” Jaishankar tweeted along with a photograph of himself with the US Secretary of State.

The meeting took place amidst growing international concern over China’s aggressive moves in the Indo-Pacific region.

Modi is attending the summit at the invitation of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi. Italy has held the presidency of the G20 since December last year.

Earlier on Saturday, Modi was seen interacting with world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, on the sidelines of the summit. President Biden had hosted Prime Minister Modi at the White House on September 24 for the first in-person meeting.

The G20 is a leading global forum that brings together the world’s major economies. Its members account for more than 80 per cent of the global GDP, 75 per cent of global trade and 60 per cent of the population of the planet.

The forum has met every year since 1999 and includes, since 2008, a yearly summit, with the participation of the respective heads of state and government.

The Rome summit is being attended by heads of state and government of G20 member countries, the European Union, and other invited countries and several international organisations.

The summit is centred around the theme ‘People, Planet, Prosperity’, focussing on the areas of recovery from the pandemic and strengthening of global health governance.

Also read: 27 countries in 21 months: Covid hasn’t stopped Jaishankar from crisscrossing the world


Subscribe to our channels on YouTube & Telegram

Support Our Journalism

India needs fair, non-hyphenated and questioning journalism, packed with on-ground reporting. ThePrint – with exceptional reporters, columnists and editors – is doing just that.

Sustaining this needs support from wonderful readers like you.

Whether you live in India or overseas, you can take a paid subscription by clicking here.

Support Our Journalism

Most Popular