EAM Jaishankar talks with his French counterpart on the Ukrainian crisis and global energy demand

Amid the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war, world leaders continue to knock on India’s doors to strategize on the global fallout from the ongoing battle. After speaking with his British, American and Russian counterparts, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar also had a dialogue with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Friday 8 April.

According to S Jaishankar’s tweet, the duo had deliberated on the ongoing conflict situation in Ukraine and international energy supply and demand and food security.

Taking to Twitter, EAM Jaishankar wrote, “We discussed the situation in Ukraine, international energy demands and food security with FM @JY_LeDrian from France. Our practice of regular consultations continues.”

The talks took place a day after Russia was suspended from UNHRC. Moscow was ousted as a member of the HRC for committing inhuman war crimes and perpetuating human rights abuses in beleaguered Ukraine. Russia was removed by a vote of the UNGA proposed by the United States which had requested the suspension of the country from the platform. While 93 countries voted in favour, 24 voted against and 58 abstained on the resolution, including India. The UNGA suspended Russia from the Human Rights Council because it had a two-thirds majority to do so.

Jaishankar to visit US for 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

In addition, the Indian Foreign Minister will visit the United States on April 11-12 for bilateral talks with his American counterparts. It will be a 2+2 ministerial dialogue, which will also involve the defense ministers of the two nations. This will be the fourth edition of the “2+2” ministerial summit between the two nations.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and EAM S Jaishankar will lead the Indian delegation to hold talks with their US counterpart Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Llyod Austin. Since its inception in 2018, the 2+2 Ministerial Meeting has enabled the United States and India to work toward building a comprehensive and advanced defense partnership, ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

As India will press on issues in the Indo-Pacific region, China and Afghanistan, the US is expected to exert diplomatic pressure on New Delhi to take a tough stance against Moscow. in the ongoing conflict.

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Christi C. Elwood