Two ministers met in person at a BRICS foreign ministers conference
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who is on a 10-day visit to the United States, came face-to-face with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) ministerial meeting in New York. This came ahead of the BRICS Foreign Ministers’ meet on the sidelines of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting. Further, the two ministers met in person at a BRICS foreign ministers conference that South Africa organized.
Earlier, in his brief, United Nations Security Council (UNSC) briefing Jaishankar took a jibe at China for not blacklisting Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist, Sajid Mir and designating him as a global terrorist. Jaishankar lamented that some countries facilitated impunity ‘when it came to sanctioning some of the world’s most dreaded terrorists’.
He said, “Regrettably, we have seen this of late in this very chamber when it comes to sanctioning some of the world’s most dreaded terrorists. If egregious attacks committed in broad daylight are left unpunished, this Council must reflect on the signals we are sending with impunity. There must be consistency if we are to ensure credibility.”
Responding to a question on how long it will take for India to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council, Jaishankar said, “India not sitting as a permanent member of the UN Security Council is “not good for us only but also not good for the global body and its transformation is overdue.”
He said within a few years, India will be the third largest economy in the world, and it will be the most populous society in the world. To have such a country not there in the key global councils, obviously, it’s not good for us, but I would also urge it’s not good for the global Council in question, Jaishankar said.
Jaishankar also interacted with his counterparts from Mexico, Paraguay, and Moldova on the fourth day of his stay in New York and exchanged perspectives on the global situation, international economy, and regional issues.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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