NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar held a conversation with the Foreign Minister of Romania Bogdan Aurescu and appreciated his support in evacuating Indian nationals from Ukraine.
Taking to Twitter, Jaishankar said, “Deeply appreciate the support from FM @BogdanAurescu of Romania on evacuating Indian nationals from Ukraine. @MEAIndia is working with @MAERomania to ensure border crossing expeditiously. Times of difficulty that’s what friends are for.” Jaishankar also held talks with the Foreign Minister of Hungary Peter Szijjarto and Slovakian FM, Ivan Korcok on the Ukraine evacuation of Indian nationals through their countries.
Jaishankar is expected to speak to the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba amid Moscow’s ongoing military operations in Ukraine, said Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla. “External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar is expected to speak to the Ukrainian Foreign Minister today,” said Shringla during a special briefing on the Ukraine situation on Thursday.
The tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated after Putin on Monday recognized Ukraine’s breakaway regions – Donetsk and Luhansk – as independent entities escalating the ongoing tensions between the two countries. Ukraine gained independence in 1991 after the disintegration of the Soviet Union.
Jaishankar chairs meeting of Indian Ambassadors External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar on Wednesday chaired a meeting of Indian ambassadors to EU countries and appreciated their commitment to assist Indian diaspora during the Covid period.
Taking to Twitter,” Chaired a meeting of our EU Ambassadors in Paris today. A comprehensive discussion on issues currently faced by Indian foreign policy. Appreciated the strong commitment of all our Embassies to assist Indians and our diaspora during the Covid period.” Notably, the External Affairs Minister arrived in Paris on Sunday on a three-day trip after paying a two-day visit to Germany.
On the first day of his visit to Paris, Jaishankar held extensive talks with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian covering a range of bilateral and global issues including the situation in Afghanistan and the Ukraine crisis.
Furthermore, during his address at the French Institute of International Relations on the theme of ‘How India sees France’, the Minister said, ”Through the tumult of our times, India’s relations with France have continued to move forward on a steady and clear course. It is a relationship that has been free from sudden shifts and surprises that we sometimes see in other cases.”
Jaishankar also called on the French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday where he conveyed him Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s greetings. In a tweet, Jaishankar said that the discussions reflected the ”full spirit” of the strategic partnership between the two countries and that both sides will cooperate closely in the Indo-Pacific.
”Delighted to call on President @EmmanuelMacron of France. Conveyed greetings of PM @narendramodi. Our discussions reflected the full spirit of our strategic partnership. We will cooperate closely in the Indo-Pacific,” Jaishankar tweeted.
Jaishankar meets Macron
Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday called on French President Emmanuel Macron and said the discussions reflected the full spirit of bilateral strategic partnership.
Jaishankar said in a tweet that the two countries will cooperate closely in the Indo-Pacific. “Delighted to call on President @EmmanuelMacron of France. Conveyed greetings of PM @narendramodi. Our discussions reflected the full spirit of our strategic partnership. We will cooperate closely in the Indo-Pacific,” he said.
Earlier in the day, speaking at the French Institute of International Relations on ‘How India sees France’, the minister said there is a clear need to intensify the conversation between and with the strategic communities in both countries.”
Jaishankar had earlier met French Foreign Minister Le Drian and Defence Minister Florence Parly.
He said that these engagements captured the strategic priorities that provide a compelling framework for a “truly unique” partnership between India and France. (ANI)