Yellen and FM Sitharaman discuss global economic outlook during maiden phone conversation

Lalit K Jha
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Washington, Mar 16 (PTI) US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has spoken to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for the first time and conveyed her intention to collaborate closely with India to support a strong global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and enhance cooperation to address shared priorities.

Yellen also appreciated India’s role as a critical partner in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Department of Treasury said in a readout of the call on Monday.

This was Yellen’s maiden call with Sitharaman after the 74-year-old top economist became the first female Treasury Secretary of the United States in January this year.

During the call, she 'conveyed her intention to collaborate closely to support a strong global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, fight inequality, and advance a bold climate agenda,' Yellen appreciated India’s role as a critical partner in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, the readout said.

'The Secretary looks forward to cooperating with Minister Sitharaman, both bilaterally and multilaterally, to address shared priorities,” it said.

'Finance Minister Smt. @nsitharaman had a fruitful discussion on global economic outlook with US Secretary of Treasury @JanetYellen virtually. Dr. Yellen appreciated India’s contribution to the world’s vaccine efforts,' India's Ministry of Finance said in a tweet.

Sitharaman congratulated Yellen on the well thought out COVID-19 relief through the USD 1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, with particular focus on working and middle-class. They agreed to work closely through common economic and strategic collaboration in various multilateral fora, including the G20, it said. PTI LKJ MRJ AKJ