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Indian Minister Discusses Bilateral Ties With Thai, New Zealand, EU, Japanese Counterparts

India’s Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and other delegates shake hands for a photo during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand August 1, 2019 (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha).

By: Radhakrishna NS

INDIA’S External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday (1) held a series of bilateral meetings here with his counterparts from Thailand, New Zealand, Japan, and the European Union during which he discussed with them a host of key issues, including Indo-Pacific and maritime partnership.

Jaishankar is in the Thai capital to attend a number of conferences, including the ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting, the 9th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the 26th ASEAN Regional Forum and the 10th Mekong Ganga Cooperation Ministerial Meeting.

“Off to an early start. Warm meeting with #ASEAN Chair and India Country Coordinator, Foreign Minister of Thailand Don Pramudwinai. Discussed expanding our maritime partnership; BIMSTEC cooperation and partnering in ACMECS,” he tweeted.

Jaishankar also discussed issues related to Indo-Pacific region with New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters.

“Very cordial meeting with Deputy PM & Foreign Minister of New Zealand @winstonpeters. Good conversation on our shared Indo-Pacific approach. Agreed to upgrade economic and political ties,” he tweeted after the meeting.

He met Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, and commended her personal contribution towards deepening India-EU relations.

The foreign minister also held talks with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono and discussed a range of issues of mutual interests.

“Carrying on from the Osaka #G20 meeting. Good exchange of views with Japanese FM,” he tweeted.

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