Jaishankar holds talks with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab; discusses bilateral issues, COVID-19

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Matera (Italy), Jun 29 (PTI) External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday met UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and the two leaders reviewed the progress in bilateral ties and discussed global, regional issues and COVID-19 pandemic.

Jaishankar, who arrived in Italy from Greece on the second leg of this two-nation tour on Monday, met Raab on the sidelines of the G20 ministerial meetings.

“Met UK Foreign Secretary @DominicRaab this morning. Reviewed the progress of our bilateral Road Map. Discussed the state of the world, regional issues, Covid and Climate Action,” Jaishankar tweeted.

Later in the day, the external affairs minister met his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio and congratulated him on the “successful G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Italy”.

“Discussed taking forward our bilateral relationship. Look forward to seeing him in India,” Jaishankar said in another tweet.

He also met his Mexican counterpart Marcelo Ebrard C and agreed to step up bilateral cooperation and work together in the multilateral arena.

“Our pharma cooperation is particularly important in the times of Covid,” Jaishankar said on Twitter.

The G20 summit is scheduled to be held in Italy in October. India is expected to hold the presidency of the G20 in 2022.

The G20 is an influential bloc that brings together the world's major economies.

The G20 member countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union. PTI CPS ZH CPS

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