Foreign Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar, who is visiting Kigali, met with Raychelle Omamo, Kenya‘s Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and held talks on the aftermath of the Ukraine war, including food, fuel and fertilizer security.
Taking to social media, Jaishankar tweeted: “So nice to meet my friend Raychelle Omamo from Kenya. Our discussions focused on the impact of the Ukraine conflict on food, fuel and fertilizer security for the Global South. Reaffirmed our continued collaboration at the UNSC.”
Jaishankar is in Kigali to attend the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), previously postponed twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
On the sidelines of the CHOGM, Jaishankar also met Belize’s Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay.
Jaishankar wrote: “Glad to meet FM Eamon Courtenay from Belize on the sidelines of #CHOGM2022 in Rwanda. Say hello to the Center of Engineering built with Indian support. India will continue to provide vaccines in the global fight against the pandemic.”
Jaishankar will represent Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the June 24-25 Commonwealth Summit and will attend the pre-CHOGM foreign ministers’ meeting in Kigali on June 23.
A series of forums including the Commonwealth Youth Forum, the Commonwealth Women’s Forum, the Commonwealth Business Forum, the Commonwealth People’s Forum and other side events are also planned on the fringes of the CHOGM by the new Chairman of the Commonwealth, i.e. the Government of the Republic of Rwanda .
The theme of the 26th CHOGM Summit is “Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming”. and health issues and are expected to adopt the following four outcome documents: CHOGM communiqué; Kigali Declaration on Child Care and Protection Reform; Sustainable Urbanization Statement 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 Commonwealth member-state counterparts and other visiting dignitaries, and also interact with members of the Indian community at a reception hosted by the Indian High Commissioner’s Office in Kigali, he told MEA in a statement .
The Commonwealth provides an important platform to deepen India’s cooperation with Commonwealth members, particularly the Small States (SS) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
India is also one of the largest contributors to the Commonwealth and has supported the organization with technical assistance and capacity building. In 2018, India announced the establishment of a Commonwealth Window, providing US$50 million for development projects and assistance to Commonwealth developing countries.
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