S. Jaishankar meets Rwandan counterpart to discuss Commonwealth summit agenda, bilateral ties

Foreign Minister Jaishankar is in Rwanda to attend the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

June 23, 2022 02:59 pm | Updated 02:59 pm IST - Kigali (Rwanda):

External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar with his Rwandan counterpart Vincent Biruta Rwanda’s capital Kigali on June 23, 2022. Photo: Twitter/@DrSJaishankar

External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar with his Rwandan counterpart Vincent Biruta Rwanda’s capital Kigali on June 23, 2022. Photo: Twitter/@DrSJaishankar

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Thursday held talks with his Rwandan counterpart Vincent Biruta during which they discussed the agenda of the Commonwealth summit beginning Friday and exchanged perspectives on regional developments.

Dr. Jaishankar arrived in Rwanda on Wednesday on a four-day visit to attend the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). He will be representing Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the summit of the 54-nation bloc on June 24-25.

"Began the day by meeting my host counterpart FM @Vbiruta of Rwanda. Reviewed our bilateral cooperation and follow up to PM @narendramodi's 2018 visit. Discussed the Commonwealth agenda and wished Rwanda a successful Summit. Exchanged perspectives on regional developments," Dr. Jaishankar tweeted on Thursday.

Dr. Jaishankar will attend the pre-CHOGM foreign ministers' meeting on Thursday.

The theme of 26th CHOGM Summit is: "Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming".

The CHOGM had earlier been postponed twice due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Meets leaders of other Commonwealth nations

On Wednesday, Dr. Jaishankar met Kenya's Cabinet Secretary of Foriegn Affairs Raychelle Omamo and discussed the impact of the conflict in Ukraine and bilateral ties.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Kenya Raychelle Omamo.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Kenya Raychelle Omamo. | Photo Credit: PTI

"So nice to meet my friend Raychelle Omamo of Kenya. Our discussions focused on the impact of the Ukraine conflict on food,fuel, and fertilizer security for the Global South," Dr. Jaishankar tweeted.

"Reaffirmed our ongoing cooperation in the U.N. Security Council," he wrote.

Dr. Jaishankar also met his counterpart from Belize. "Glad to catch up with FM Eamon Courtenay of Belize on #CHOGM2022 sidelines in Rwanda," he tweeted.

"Welcomed the Center of Engineering constructed with Indian support. India will continue to provide vaccines in the global fight against the pandemic," Dr. Jaishankar tweeted.

The leaders of the Commonwealth member states are scheduled to deliberate on issues of contemporary relevance, including global challenges like climate change, food security, health issues, and likely to adopt a number of documents including the Kigali declaration on child care and protection reform, declaration on sustainable urbanisation and commonwealth living lands charter.

Interacts with Indian community

Dr. Jaishankar lauded the Indian community in Rwanda for its contribution towards strengthening bilateral ties and spoke about India’s progress while interacting with community members here during his visit to this East African country.

"Good to interact with the Indian community in Kigali yesterday evening. Spoke to them about progress in India. Appreciated their contribution to the India-Rwanda relationship. Also met Indian participants for Commonwealth events in Kigali,” he said in a tweet.

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