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Jaishankar offers backing for Guterres re-election

India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar ...

By Arul Louis

With India set to assume the rotating presidency of the Security Council in August, their meeting covered a wide range of issues. In a series of tweets on the meeting, Jaishankar said that they talked about “regional challenges in India’s neighbourhood” and “shared our concerns about ensuring that the gains of the last two decades in Afghanistan are adequately protected.” US President Joe Biden is pulling out the nation’s troops from Afghanistan after a 20-year deployment even as terrorist activities continue raising fears of regional instability. In his tweets Jaishankar said, “Countering terrorism and radicalisation remain priorities for the entire region.” Jaishankar said that he “highlighted India’s constructive role” in the Security Council and “conveyed priorities of our Presidency in August.” He added, “Maritime Security and Technology for Peacekeeping address the needs of the day.”

A spokesperson for India’s UN Mission said that India planned to hold high-level meetings on those topics during its presidency. Jaishankar also noted that Guterres expressed “appreciation of India’s Peacekeeping operations including at Goma, DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) recently.”

India peacekeepers based in Goma have been involved in rescue operations after the eruption of the Mount Nyiragongo volcano displaced several thousand people in the region last week. Several hundred people are also missing following the calamity. Climate change, a topic that Guterres gives top priority to, also was discussed, Jaishankar tweeted. “Greater resources are essential for larger ambitions (in setting goals for combating climate change). Financing will determine our seriousness and credibility,” he added.

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