External affairs minister Dr Jaishankar to visit Italy for G20 Foreign ministers meet

Jun 14 2021 05:37 PM
External affairs minister Dr Jaishankar to visit Italy for G20 Foreign ministers meet

For participating in the G20 Foreign ministers meet,  India's external affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar will be in Italy's Matera on 29th June. Italy is the host of the G20 grouping this year and will hold the leader's summit in Rome on October 30th and 31st. 

The G20 FMs meet will see the participation of FM of other countries as well. China, Russia, the US, UK, France, and others are part of the grouping and naturally, this will provide an occasion for several bilateral meetings as well.

If all Foreign ministers confirm the visit, this could be the first-ever in-person multilateral meet of FM of 20 countries amid pandemics. COVID crisis had impacted the in-person meeting, considered key in diplomacy. Before this, June saw in person G7 FMs meet, and guest countries with EAM Jaishankar visiting London.

Last year G20 under the chairmanship of Saudi Arabia held its meetings, including the leaders meet virtually amid the covid pandemic. At the last year's G20 FMs meet, India's EAM had proposed developing global standards on the movement of people. It had 3 main elements which called for standards on testing procedures and universal acceptability of test results, quarantine procedures.

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