Jaishankar holds talks with NZ counterpart on Indo-Pacific and Ukraine conflict

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar meets New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta, in Auckland, New Zealand. PTI

Auckland (TIP)- External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday, October 6,  held “warm and productive” talks with his New Zealand counterpart Nanaia Mahuta during which the two leaders exchanged views on issues of international concerns such as the Indo-Pacific and the Ukraine conflict. It is Jaishankar’s first visit to New Zealand as External Affairs Minister.

“Warm and productive talks with New Zealand Foreign Minister @NanaiaMahuta this afternoon. Two societies, respectful of tradition and culture, are seeking to forge a more contemporary relationship,” Jaishankar tweeted after the meeting.

“Appreciated the exchange of views on (issues of) international concerns such as the Indo-Pacific and the Ukraine conflict. Value our working together in multilateral forums including the UN and Commonwealth,” he said.

India, the US and several other world powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China‘s rising military manoeuvring in the resource-rich region.

India has repeatedly emphasised on the immediate cessation of hostilities in Ukraine and the need to resolve the ongoing conflict through dialogue and diplomacy. Jaishankar also took up the issue of Indian students impacted by covid measures in New Zealand and urged expeditious visa processing of those desirous of studying in New Zealand now.

India is the second largest source of international students in New Zealand pursuing higher education in various disciplines such as information technology, hospitality, science, engineering and architecture.

He also met Associate Minister for foreign affairs Aupito William Sio during his meeting with Mahuta.

“Pleasure to meet Associate Minister for foreign affairs @AupitoWSio_MP during my talks with FM @NanaiaMahuta Benefitted from his insights on Pacific Islands,” Jaishankar tweeted.        Source: PTI

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