The overseas ministers of India and Canada on Thursday held their first in-person assembly, specializing in advancing the bilateral relationship between the 2 nations.
Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his Canadian counterpart, Minister of Overseas Affairs Mélanie Joly, on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Authorities Assembly 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda.
This was the primary time that they met in individual after Joly assumed cost of her portfolio following the September 2021 normal elections in Canada.
In a tweet, Jaishankar described the dialog as “open & productive”.
It lined a gamut of points, with Jaishankar saying they “exchanged views on worldwide points together with the Commonwealth, Ukraine battle &the Indo-Pacific”.
Joly stated that they met “to debate advancing our strategic partnership and our multilateral cooperation, world points, human rights, Russia’s warfare in Ukraine and making certain a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific for the advantage of our peoples”.
The final time the overseas ministers of the 2 nations met in individual was in December 2019 when Jaishankar visited Canada and met the then Canadian overseas minister François-Philippe Champagne.
This assembly between the ministers in Kigali may have been to set the agenda for a possible bilateral between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau once they each participate within the G7 Summit in Germany this month.
Jaishankar and Joly had additionally spoken initially of the month. Jaishankar in a tweet had described the dialog as “in depth”.
It had additionally lined a number of vital geopolitical points together with the Indo-Pacific and the state of affairs in Ukraine following the assault by Russia in February. A readout from International Affairs Canada, the nation’s overseas ministry, on the time stated they “affirmed the significance of a free and open Indo-Pacific area that’s based on respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations”.
That they had additionally mentioned Russia’s assault on Ukraine and “the necessity for the worldwide group to return collectively to revive world peace and safety. Additionally they mentioned the broader impacts of the battle, together with on world meals safety”.