Indian Foreign Minister wraps up visit to Central Europe

India’s External Affairs Minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, today wraps up his trip to Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Central Europe. Jaishankar, the first

Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar during his visit to Central Europe – Photo: PTI

Minister of Foreign Affairs of India Subrahmanyam Jaishankar today ends his journey in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Central Europe.

Jaishankar, India’s first foreign minister to visit Slovakia, visited Central Europe as part of a reciprocal effort to Operation Gangeswhere Bratislava assisted New Delhi in its efforts to evacuate Indian nationals from Ukraine at the start of The invasion of Russia. The Minister also attended GLOBSEC 22 in Slovakia, where he focused on building allies in the Indo-Pacific and Europe’s potential role therein. The theme returns a few days after the QUAD 2022 summit in Tokyo, which focused on a “free and open Indo-Pacific”.

Jaishankar’s talks with Slovak and Czech officials focused on strengthening economic, political and military cooperation.

Considering the growing concern for security in the Indo-Pacific and Slovakia’s cooperation with Taiwan, integration with the smaller countries of Central Europe is important. Greater Slovak advocacy within NATO on the Indo-Pacific can accelerate India’s efforts for stronger security. Slovakia will likely support India’s efforts in the Indo-Pacific as it will help bridge the power asymmetry of being a small country. A stronger bilateral relationship is likely to help Slovakia mitigate the effects of any disruptions or trade developments in the region.

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Shirlene J. Manley