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Jaishankar to meet UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

The Ukraine-Russia war could figure in the chats

PTI05_20_2021_000133B External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar will meet United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres today. This comes immediately after the 2+2 ministerial dialogue with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III. 

The Ukraine-Russia war could figure in the chats. 

A UN task force had warned in a new report that Russia's war against Ukraine threatens to devastate the economies of many developing countries that are now facing even higher food and energy costs and increasingly difficult financial conditions.

Guterres launched the report Wednesday stressing that the war is supercharging a crisis in food, energy and finance in poorer countries that were already struggling to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and a lack of access to adequate funding for their economic recovery.

Rebeca Grynspan, secretary-general of the UN agency promoting trade and development who coordinated the task force, said 107 countries have severe exposure to at least one dimension of the food, energy and finance crisis and 69 countries are severely exposed to all three and face very difficult financial conditions with no fiscal space, and with no external financing to cushion the blow.

The report urges countries to ensure a steady flow of food and energy through open markets, and it calls on international financial institutions to do everything possible to ensure more liquidity immediately.

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