Jaishankar conveys India’s support to UN Chief Guterres for second term

New York, May 26 (INN): External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar who is on a five-day visit to the US, met UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday in New York and conveyed India’s support to him for a second term.
“India values UNSG’s leadership for the UN, especially in these challenging times. Conveyed our suppr for his candidature for a second term,” the EAM wrote in his tweet.
Elections for the next UN Secretary General will take place later this year and it is widely believed that Gueterres already has the backing of all five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, non-aligned countries, making his reelection almost a certainty.
During the meeting, the UN Secretary General expressed his solidarity with the Indian government and the people of India in their battle against the second wave of covid-19, said an official statement issued by the Permanent Mission of India to the UN in New York.
It also added that while India appreciates the efforts of the Secretary General to facilitate ‘Vaccines for All’ but underscores the need for resilient supply chains.
Jaishankar highlighted India’s constructive role in UNSC and conveyed priorities of the country’s Presidency in August 2021.
Other key issues discussed in the meeting were climate change and global warming where the two leaders agreed that greater “ambitions” required more “resources” and greater “commitment” from the developed world.
The UN Chief, while appreciating Indian Peacekeeping Forces’ efforts in maintaining international peace and security, cited their quick response in aiding the people of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo following the volcanic eruption.
The EAM during his meeting with the UN Secretary General discussed challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Both sides underlined the importance of finding urgent and effective global vaccine solutions, critical to ramp up the vaccine supply chain to ensure greater production and fairer distribution.
This was the first in-person meeting of the EAM with the UN Secretary General since India entered the UNSC as a non-permanent member in January this year.
During their meeting, both sides also deliberated on regional challenges in India’s neighborhood. “Shared our concerns about ensuring that the gains of the last two decades in Afghanistan are adequately protected,” Jaishankar said in his tweet.
Besides terrorism, both sides also discussed recent developments in Myanmar.

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