London: – Some members of the Indian delegation participating in the G7 meeting tested Covid positive. Therefore, Indian MEA S Jaishankar and the team attended a virtual meeting. Along with the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan and Italy, representatives from South Korea and South Africa also attended this meeting. Indian MEA held bilateral and tripartite talks during the meeting. This included tripartite talks between India, Australia and France. It highlighted the Indo-Pacific sector policy.
MEA Jaishankar shared the information regarding the Indian fight against Coronavirus. At the same time, important discussions were held regarding bilateral and tripartite talks. Only a day ago, it was decided to take the India-UK relations to a new height. At the same time, Foreign Minister Jaishankar also held talks with US State Secretary Antony Blinken. The talks were mainly around the situation created due to Coronavirus pandemic. It is reported that both the leaders also discussed the developments in the Indo-Pacific region.
The tripartite talks between India, Australia and France regarding the Indo-Pacific sector are considered significant. Currently, Australian relations with China are under severe duress. Australia is increasing cooperation with countries like India and Japan to counter the aggressive Chinese activities. In this scenario, the Australian decision to hold tripartite talks with India and France and increase cooperation with these countries could add to the Chinese concerns. Meanwhile, huge quantities of equipment, instruments and medicines are being supplied by many leading countries to India. Citing this, Foreign Minister Jaishankar was asked whether India has changed its policy not to accept aid from foreign countries during times of crisis.
While answering this question, Jaishankar clarified that these supplies are not aids; it is only the friendly cooperation of these countries with India. Coronavirus pandemic is a global problem. This crisis can be countered only with global coordination and cooperation. Foreign Minister Jaishankar said that the supplies to India should be looked at from this viewpoint. A day ago, US Secretary of State Blinken said that India’s cooperation during the first wave of coronavirus Pandemic could not be forgotten. Therefore, these supplies by the United States are not assistance but a repayment of the Indian help. Foreign Minister Jaishankar is presenting the same in a diplomatic language.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Jaishankar held talks with the European Union Vice President Josep Borrell at the G7 meeting. Indian and the European Union concurred that there has to be an immediate, permanent and comprehensive ceasefire in Afghanistan. It was also clarified that India and the European Union will support the peace process, participated and implemented only by the Afghan people. India and the European Union say that a disruptive country like Pakistan should have no role in the peace process in Afghanistan.