External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar, who is visiting Kigali, met Raychelle Omamo, Kenya’s Foreign Cabinet Secretary and discussed the fallout from the war in Ukraine, including food security, fuel and fertilizers.
Taking to social media, Jaishankar tweeted, “So nice to meet my friend Raychelle Omamo from Kenya. Our discussions focused on the impact of the Ukrainian conflict on food, energy and fertilizer security for the countries of the South. We reaffirmed our continued cooperation within the UNSC.”
Jaishankar is in Kigali to attend the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which had previously been postponed twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
On the sidelines of CHOGM, Jaishankar also met with Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay of Belize.
Jaishankar wrote, “Happy to reunite with FM Eamon Courtenay from Belize on the sidelines of #CHOGM2022 in Rwanda. Hosted the Engineering Center built with the support of India. India will continue to provide vaccines in the global fight against pandemic.”
Jaishankar will represent Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Commonwealth Summit on June 24-25, while attending the pre-CHOGM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on June 23 in Kigali.
A number of forums including the Commonwealth Youth Forum, Commonwealth Women Forum, Commonwealth Business Forum, Commonwealth People’s Forum and other side events are also being planned on the sidelines of CHOGM by the new Commonwealth President. i.e. the government of the Republic. from Rwanda.
The theme of the 26th CHOGM Summit is “Delivering a Common Future: Connect, Innovate, Transform”. Leaders of Commonwealth member states are due to hold discussions on topical issues including global challenges such as climate change, food security, and health issues and are likely to adopt the following four outcome documents: communiqué CHOGM; Kigali Declaration on Child Care and Protection Reform; Declaration on Sustainable Urbanization and Commonwealth Living Lands Charter: A Commonwealth Call to Action on Living Lands (CALL).
During the visit, EAM is expected to hold several bilateral meetings with its counterparts from Commonwealth member states and other visiting dignitaries and would also interact with members of the Indian community at a reception to be hosted by the High -Indian police station in Kigali, MEA said in a statement.
The Commonwealth provides an important platform to deepen India’s engagement with Commonwealth members, especially Small States (SS) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
India is also one of the largest contributors to the Commonwealth and has helped the organization with technical assistance and capacity building. In 2018, India announced the establishment of a Commonwealth window, committing USD 50 million to development projects and assistance to developing Commonwealth countries.
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