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Ahead of UNGA summit, EAM Jaishankar speaks to envoys from Iraq, Norway, UK

Jaishankar is expected to participate in the G4 foreign ministers meet

PTI05_20_2021_000133B EAM Jaishankar | PTI

Ahead of the UNGA summit, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Monday held talks with envoys from Iraq, Norway, Iraq and the UK. He held talks with Iraq Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, Norwegian FM Ine Eriksen Soereide and UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss. After meeting Truss, Jaishankar tweeted: "Appreciated her contribution on trade side. Exchanged views on developments in Afghanistan and Indo-Pacific. Urged early resolution of quarantine issue in mutual interest."

News agency ANI reported that Jaishankar will participate in the G4 foreign ministers meet—Brazil, Germany, India, and Japan—tomorrow, and in the SAARC meeting on September 26. There is still no confirmation of the same. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden will address the UN General Debate in-person this week, as over 100 heads of state and government arrive in New York to attend the annual high-level General Assembly session, which had gone virtual in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Modi will address world leaders from the iconic UN General Assembly hall on the morning of September 25, a day after he participates in the Quad Leaders' Summit in Washington DC hosted by Biden on September 24.

Modi, Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga will participate in the Leaders' Summit of the Quadrilateral Framework in Washington and review progress made since their first virtual Summit on 12 March 2021 and discuss regional issues of shared interest, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

Modi will address the General Debate of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 25. The theme for this year's General Debate is Building Resilience through hope to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalise the United Nations', the MEA statement said.

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