External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar participated in the G-7 Foreign Ministers’ meeting through video conference yesterday. After the meeting, Dr Jaishankar said, it was an interactive and thought-provoking meeting. He appreciated the opportunity to participate in its many conversations.
During the meeting it was discussed that vaccination is the only lasting solution to the COVID-19 challenge. A global answer will require diversified production, uninterrupted supply chains and generous resourcing. Dr. Jaishankar said, India will do its part. He noted that geopolitical changes have been accelerated by Covid-related trends and issues of transparency, reliability and resilience will guide policy choices. Open Societies and personal freedoms require careful nurturing and must be on guard against fake news and digital manipulation he added.
Dr Jaishankar said, India had embraced Green Growth since 2014 and transformation stories include renewable capacity, Ujjwala, LED distribution, forest cover and Jal Jeevan. He said, but higher green ambitions require larger green resources and COP26 will be a test. The 2021 UN Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, is the 26th UN Climate Change conference.
Dr Jaishankar thanked UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab for inviting India as a guest to the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson interacted with the participating Foreign Ministers in between the sessions. Dr Jaishankar assured him that Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and he will take forward the 2030 Roadmap. In a tweet, Dr Jaishankar said, India and UK are committed to delivering on the Modi-Johnson vision of the ties.