Jaishankar meets Indian community in Sao Paulo, Brazil on first leg of three-country visit


External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met with the Indian community of Sao Paulo, Brazil on Saturday in the first leg of a three-country visit. He will also travel to Paraguay and Argentina.

Taking to Twitter, EAM Jaishankar said, “I started my visit to Latin America by meeting with the Indian community in Sao Paulo. Shared with them progress and optimism as India completes 75 years of independence .

Jaishankar also thanked the Indian community for serving as an effective bridge between Brazil and India. “Relations between India and Brazil are defined by good sentiment, great goodwill and growing cooperation. Thanks to the Indian community for serving as an effective bridge,” he added.

During his visit, in addition to bilateral engagements with his counterparts, the foreign minister will call on the top leaders of the three countries, the foreign ministry announced on Friday.

In Paraguay, EAM will also inaugurate the premises of the new Indian Embassy which started operating in January 2022. This would be the first ever visit by an Indian Minister of External Affairs to the country.

In Brazil and Argentina, EAM will co-chair the Joint Commission Meetings (JCM) with its counterparts. The JCMs will review the full range of bilateral relations in various fields and discuss regional and global issues of common concern.

Argentina and Brazil are India’s strategic partners. In addition, EAM will also interact with business leaders and Indian communities in these countries. In Brazil, he is to deliver a speech at the Rio Branco Institute (Brazilian Diplomatic Academy).

“EAM’s visit to these 3 countries will be an opportunity to continue ongoing high-level engagements with our partners in Latin American (LAC) countries, to explore new areas of cooperation in the era post-pandemic and to exchange views on bilateral issues and international importance,” the press release reads.

Jaishankar met with ambassadors from Latin American and Caribbean countries in New Delhi on Friday ahead of his visit to the region.
The Minister expressed his gratitude for hosting the Ambassadors from LAC countries and was positive about the potential for growing cooperation between India and South American and Caribbean countries.

He thanked the ambassadors for their views and ideas on enhancing mutual relations and cooperation.

Taking to Twitter, Jaishankar said, “Pleasure to welcome to New Delhi Ambassadors from the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries – Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname and Uruguay.

“So much potential to develop our cooperation. Encourage their efforts to realize it fully. I thanked them for their insights and insights as I head to the area tonight,” he added.

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