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Jaishankar meets UN chief, discusses Ukraine conflict, Afghanistan and Myanmar

Besides Ukraine, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also spoke to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres about the latest developments in Afghanistan and Myanmar (Image courtesy: Twitter/DrSJaishankar)

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar exchanged views on the global impact of the Ukraine conflict, especially on food and energy security, during a "wide ranging discussion" with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York on Thursday.

After the Fourth India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue on April 11 in Washington, Jaishankar attended an event at the Howard University along with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken for India-US education collaboration before arriving in New York to meet the UN chief.

"A wide ranging discussion with UNSG Antonio Guterres. Exchanged views on the global impact of the Ukraine conflict, especially on food and energy security. Implications for developing countries are serious," tweeted Jaishankar after the meeting.

The External Affairs Minister added that he also spoke to Guterres about the latest developments in respect of Afghanistan and Myanmar.

"Appreciate his interest in working with India to effectively address important contemporary challenges," he said in another tweet.

On Wednesday, India got elected to four United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) bodies including Commission for Social Development; Committee on NGOs; Commission on Science and Technology for Development while Ambassador Preeti Saran was re-elected to Committee for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

A day before, India had committed $200,000 to the United Nations' Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da'esh/ISIL (UNITAD) to provide critical support to its ongoing investigations into crimes committed by the ISIL, including the use and development of chemical weapons.

The Permanent Representative of India to the UN in New York, Ambassador T S Tirumurti had presented the financial contribution at a meeting held at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations on Tuesday.

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