India to work with G20 members over debt, food and energy security issues: Jaishankar
Jaishankarsaid the Indo-Pacific region too witnesses fresh concerns about its stability and security. Indiahad sent 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and multiple tranches of medicines and vaccines to Afghanistan.
- The country also extended credits of 3.8 billion dollars to Sri Lanka for fuel, essential commodities
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"As we begin the G-20 presidency this December, we are sensitive to the challenges faced by developing countries," Jaishankar said in his address to the high-level
He told the 193-member UN General Assembly that India will work with other G-20 members to address serious issues of debt, economic growth, food and energy security and particularly, environment.
"The reform of governance of multilateral financial institutions will continue to be one of our core priorities," he said.
He also noted that the Indo-Pacific region too witnesses fresh concerns about its stability and security. His remarks came amidst
Noting that while the global attention has been on Ukraine, India has also had to contend with other challenges, especially in its own neighbourhood, in an apparent reference to the unresolved standoff with China in eastern Ladakh and strained relations with
"Some of them may be aggravated by the Covid pandemic and ongoing conflicts; but they speak too of a deeper malaise. The accumulation of debt in fragile economies is of particular concern," he said.
He asserted that India believes that in such times, the international community must rise above narrow national agendas. India, for its part, is taking exceptional measures in exceptional times "When we fill the gap in humanitarian needs left unaddressed by political complexity."
He highlighted that India had sent 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and multiple tranches of medicines and vaccines to Afghanistan, extended credits of 3.8 billion dollars to Sri Lanka for fuel, essential commodities and trade settlement, supplied 10,000 metric tons of food aid and vaccine shipments to
"Whether it is disaster response or humanitarian assistance, India has stood strong, contributing particularly to those nearest to it," he said.
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