External Affairs Minister Jaishankar meets counterparts from Tanzania and Solomon Islands; discusses bilateral cooperation

Jaishankar also met Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth on the sidelines of the summit.

Jaishankar also met Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth on the sidelines of the summit.

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar met his counterparts from Tanzania and the Solomon Islands in Kigali and discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in various sectors.

Jaishankar arrived in Kigali on Wednesday June 22 for a four-day visit to attend the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). He will represent Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the summit.

“I met FM Jeremiah Manele from Solomon Islands at @CHOGM2022. We discussed cooperation in energy, IT and agriculture,” Jaishankar tweeted after the June 24 meeting. . He also had a “warm meeting” with Tanzanian Foreign Minister Liberata Mulamula.

“Discussed our development partnership that has transformed so many lives. Its results in water, agriculture and education are so visible. Also noted our growing relationship in defense and security,” he tweeted. Jaishankar also met Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth on the sidelines of the summit.

“It is always a pleasure to meet Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth of Mauritius. It was an opportunity to watch the steady growth of our relationship,” he said. Earlier, Jaishankar also called the presidents of the Maldives and Uganda – Ibrahim Solih and Yoweri Museveni – and discussed broad-based bilateral cooperation with the two leaders.

Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar with President of the United Nations General Assembly Abdulla Shahid, Rwanda.  (Image posted on Twitter/@DrSJaishankar)

Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar with President of the United Nations General Assembly Abdulla Shahid, Rwanda. (Image posted on Twitter/@DrSJaishankar) | Photo credit: PTI

He also visited the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, and met with the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid. He also met with his counterparts from the UK, Namibia, Jamaica, Sierra Leone and Cyprus and discussed with them a range of regional and global issues. The theme of the 26th CHOGM Summit is: “Delivering a Common Future: Connect, Innovate, Transform”.

Leaders of Commonwealth member states must deliberate on topical issues, including global challenges such as climate change, food security and health issues.

They are likely to adopt the following four final documents: CHOGM communiqué; Kigali Declaration on Child Care and Protection Reform; Declaration on Sustainable Urbanization and the Commonwealth Living Lands Charter: A Commonwealth Call to Action on Living Lands (CALL), the Department of External Affairs said in a statement on Tuesday.

India is also one of the largest contributors to the Commonwealth and has helped the organization with technical assistance and capacity building.

In 2018, India announced the creation of a Commonwealth window, committing $50 million to development projects and assistance to developing Commonwealth countries.

Shirlene J. Manley