ASEAN summit: Jaishankar discusses Ukraine conflict with Blankenship
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday met US Secretary of State Antony Blanken here and discussed bilateral relations, escalating Ukraine conflict, energy issues, G20 and Indo-Pacific situation, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi And it is days ahead of a possible meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi. President Joe Biden.
The meeting between the top diplomats of the two countries took place here on the sidelines of the ASEAN-India Summit in the Cambodian capital.
Jaishankar is accompanied by Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, who is leading the Indian delegation to the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit and the 17th East Asia Summit here.
Jaishankar and Blanken’s meeting comes days ahead of a possible bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Modi and President Biden on the sidelines of the November 15-16 G-20 summit in Bali, Indonesia.
“Good meeting with US Secretary of State @SecBlinken. Discussed Ukraine, Indo-Pacific, energy, G20 and bilateral relations,” Jaishankar said in a tweet, indicating the topics he discussed with Blinken. Discussed with
“I met with Indian Foreign Minister @DrSJaishankar today on the sidelines of the @ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh to discuss ongoing efforts to expand our partnership and mitigate the impact of Russia’s war on Ukraine. US supports India’s #G20 presidency,” Blanken tweeted.
Jaishankar’s meeting with Blanken follows a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Tuesday and talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Koliba on Saturday.
US National Security Adviser Jack Sullivan has said that President Biden and Prime Minister Modi have a productive and highly functional relationship.
Sullivan said President Biden was looking forward to meeting Prime Minister Modi on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Bali.
“I will point out that Prime Minister Modi has been to the White House since President Biden took office, and that the two have met several times in person and have spoken on phone and video several times,” he said. There is an opportunity.” reporters at the White House on Thursday.
He said the two leaders share common interests on many important issues and have truly worked together to strengthen the US-India partnership.
“When you add them all up, it’s a productive, very functional relationship,” Sullivan said.
“President Biden looks forward to seeing Prime Minister Modi at the G20 this year, as we look forward to next year,” he said.
India will hold the G20 presidency next year and the US president is likely to visit the country.
India has not yet condemned the Russian attack on Ukraine and has maintained that the crisis should be resolved through diplomacy and dialogue.
Since the Ukraine conflict erupted in February, Prime Minister Modi has held several talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
In a phone conversation with Zelenskiy on 4 October, Modi said “there can be no military solution” and that India was ready to support any peace efforts.
In a bilateral meeting with Putin in the Uzbek city of Samarkand on September 16, Modi told him that “today is not the age of war”.
In the past few months, India has increased its imports of subsidized crude oil from Russia despite growing unease over it from several Western powers.
In Phnom Penh, Jaishankar met UN chief Antonio Guterres at the end of the ASEAN Gala Dinner on Saturday.
Jaishankar also interacted with his Thai counterpart Don Pramodunai.
“Always good to meet Thailand’s DPM and FM Don Pramodunai. Discussed our common regional concerns and strong partnership with ASEAN,” he tweeted.
“Canadian colleagues met Trade Minister @mary_ng & FM @melaniejoly at ASEAN Gala Dinner. For greater trade & strategic coordination, while countering terrorism & opposing radicalization,” he tweeted. I said.
Jaishankar discussed several issues with his counterparts from Canada, Indonesia and Singapore on Saturday.