New Delhi [India]March 3 (ANI): Foreign Minister S Jaishankar on Friday held bilateral meetings with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Saudi Arabia’s counterpart Faisal bin Farhan and Sweden’s Tobias Billström on the sidelines of the Raisina Dialogue.
“Happy to meet FM Sameh Shoukry from Egypt. Welcomed his participation in the G20 meeting yesterday. Our discussions focused on the follow-up to President @AlsisiOfficial’s successful visit in January 2023,” Jaishankar said in a tweet.
He also met Sweden’s Foreign Minister Tobias Billström and discussed technology, sustainability and economic cooperation. Exchange perspectives on Europe, the Indo-Pacific and other global developments.
“Good conversation this morning with FM @FaisalbinFarhan from Saudi Arabia. Appreciate Saudi support in G20. Also discussed global developments,” he added.
The Raisina Dialogue is the flagship think tank organized by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA).
During the Raisina Dialogue, the Quad Foreign Ministers took place under the chairmanship of Jaishankar, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong, Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi and US State Department Secretary Antony Blinken.
The Quad Foreign Ministers reaffirmed their unwavering commitment to support a free and open Indo-Pacific region and strongly supported the peaceful resolution of disputes without resorting to the threat or use of force and freedom of navigation and overflight.
“Our meeting today reaffirms the Quad’s unwavering commitment to support a free and open Indo-Pacific region, which is inclusive and resilient. We strongly support the principles of freedom, the rule of law, sovereignty and territorial integrity, peaceful resolution of disputes without resorting to threats or the use of force and freedom of navigation and overflight and oppose any unilateral attempt to change the status quo, all of which are essential to the peace, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region and beyond, according to the Quad statement. .
These statements came against the backdrop of China’s increased assertiveness in the region. At the meeting, the foreign ministers said that the Quad, as a force for regional and global good, will be guided by the priorities of the Indo-Pacific region through its positive and constructive agenda.
Quad foreign ministers sought support in the region through practical cooperation on contemporary challenges such as health security, climate change and the clean energy transition, critical and emerging technologies, infrastructure and connectivity. The foreign ministers also addressed the debt crisis, space cooperation, cyber security, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR), maritime security and counter-terrorism. (ANI)