Jaishankar continues series of bilateral meetings on UNGA sidelines, to visit Mexico from US
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who is continuing a series of bilateral engagements here on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, will leave for Mexico on Sunday at the invitation of his Mexican counterpart Marcelo Ebrard Casaubón.
He will be paying an official visit to Mexico from September 26-28, his first visit to the North American country as the External Affairs Minister, during which he will participate in the commemorative events of the 200th anniversary of the consolidation of Mexican Independence along with other world leaders, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.
In addition to his meeting with Casaubón, he will also call on President of Mexico Manuel López Obrador and interact with the leading CEOs and the business community in Mexico, which is currently India's second largest trade partner in Latin America and is a member of the UNSC alongside India for the 2021-22 period.
Ahead of his departure for Mexico, Jaishankar continued his bilateral meetings with foreign ministers of various nations on the sidelines of the high-level 76th session of the UN General Assembly, which is now drawing down.
"Discussed bilateral ties with FM Dr Faisal Mekdad of Syria. India will continue to provide humanitarian support and assistance to the Syrian people. Useful exchange of views on developments in the UN Security Council," Jaishankar said on Twitter.
He reviewed India's strong bilateral partnership with Ethiopia in his meeting with Ethiopia's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Demeke Mekonnen Hassen and discussed the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) issue and other developments in the region.
The GERD dispute began in around April 2011 when Ethiopia started the construction of the dam, set to be the largest hydroelectric power project in Africa, on the Blue Nile. Egypt and Sudan have objected, voicing concern that the GERD is a threat to their water supply.
"We will continue to cooperate in the multilateral arena," he said.
"Also deliberated on expanding our development partnership," he said.
In his meeting with Kenyan Foreign Minister Raychelle Omamo, Jaishankar followed up on the progress of discussions in Nairobi in June 2021 and committed to realising the goals set by leaders of the two countries.
Jaishankar had paid an official visit to Kenya from June 12-14 and Co-Chaired the third session of Kenya-India Joint Commission Meeting.
Jaishankar said he was "pleased" to meet Colombia's Vice President and Chancellor Marta Lucía Ramírez and had a "productive discussion on challenges of health, trade, energy and climate.
"Our convergences on developmental issues were visible," he said, adding that he is looking forward to welcoming her in India soon.
"Committed to strengthening our bilateral cooperation. Exchanged perspectives on our respective regions. Reaffirmed our tradition of working together in international forums," Jaishankar said after his meeting with Algeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramtane Lamamra.
"India supports peaceful resolution of the ongoing conflict," he added.
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