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FGN15 US-JAISHANKAR-LD QUAD Quad fills 'very important gap' that has emerged in contemporary times: Jaishankar Washington: The informal Quad grouping in the strategically vital Indo-Pacific region comprising Australia, India, Japan and the US fills a 'very important gap' that has emerged in contemporary times and New Delhi has clarity on its membership in it, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said.

FGN9 US-JAISHANKAR-LD BLINKEN Blinken says he held productive meeting with Jaishankar; discussed COVID-19, India-China border situation and Afghanistan Washington: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that he had a productive meeting with visiting External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during which they discussed the bilateral ties, COVID-19 relief efforts, India-China border situation and Afghanistan and vowed to work together to address areas of shared concern.

FGN7 US-JAISHANKAR-VACCINE Vaccine, COVID-19 important part of discussions in US: Jaishankar Washington: Calling COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines as one of the most important aspects of his discussions with top officials of the Biden administration, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said the endeavour is to expand production of vaccines in India with assistance from the United States.

FGN16 UK-G7-MINISTERS UK's Rishi Sunak calls on G7 to work together to secure green and sustainable global economic recovery London: UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has urged G-7 Finance Ministers to continue working together to secure a green and sustainable global economic recovery and ensure that tackling climate change is prioritised in their economic and financial policy.

FGN12 LANKA-SHIP Burning cargo vessel could result in slight acid rains in Sri Lanka: authorities Colombo: There could be slight acid rains due to the emission of nitrogen dioxide from the Singapore-flagged cargo ship which caught fire near the Colombo beach last week, Sri Lanka's apex environment body has warned, asking people to be vigilant in case of inclement weather. PTI PMS

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