Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar has held eleven bilateral meetings with his foreign counterparts, including Bulgaria, Iran, Netherland, Turkey, Tajikistan, UAE, Uzbekistan, and others, informed the Ministry of External Affairs. 

Mr. Jaishankar has met with the US ‘special’ Envoy on Afghan peace reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, for the first time after peace discussion broke down in August between the Taliban and the United States. Both S Jaishankar and Zalmay Khalilzad has discussed the peace process in Afghan.  

At a press briefing in New York, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar was quoted saying, “External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had 11 bilateral meetings with Iran, Bulgaria, Turkey, Netherlands, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, UAE, and others. He also had a meeting with US special envoy on Afghanistan.”

Mr. Jaishankar has previously held several meetings in New York with his counterparts from the UAE and the Netherland. 

“A friendly meeting with FM @ministerBlok of The Netherlands. Discussed the changes underway in India and the new opportunities for cooperation,” added Mr. Jaishankar.

After holding bilateral talks with his counterparts of the UAE in New York, S Jaishankar tweets: “Meeting with a very special friend, FM @ABZayed of UAE. Such a strong relationship, so much to talk about.”

The Indian Foreign Minister further held bilateral talks with Tajikistan Foreign Minister Siorjiddin Muhriddin to strengthen the strategic ties between India and Tajikistan, during their short-meet. 

Mr. Jaishankar said, “Delighted to meet FM Sirojiddin Muhriddin of Tajikistan again. Strategic ties were discussed. A very meaningful conversation.”

He also met with his counterparts from Guinea to discuss ways to boost cooperation on energy security. 

Mr. Jaishankar tweets, “Welcoming a close political and economic partner, FM @AngueSimeon of Equatorial Guinea. Appreciated their contribution to our energy security. Will jointly implement the roadmap of our bilateral cooperation.”

The External Affairs Minister further held long discussions on terrorism and fundamentalism with Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly Session in New York.

After the meeting with Mr. Kamilov, Mr. Jaishankar tweets: “Nice to meet FM Kamilov of Uzbekistan again. Discussed bilateral and regional issues. Reaffirmed our shared commitment against fundamentalism and terrorism.”

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