Jaishankar and his French counterpart discuss India-EU relations, Ukraine and Afghanistan

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held talks with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris on Monday – with the two leaders discussing several regional and global issues including India-EU relations, the situation in Afghanistan, the agreement on the Iranian nuclear and the Ukrainian crisis.

Jaishankar, who arrived in Paris from Germany for a three-day visit to France, and Le Drian reiterated their commitment to the principles of multilateralism and a rules-based order. They also agreed to coordinate within the UN Security Council on issues of common interest.

“Arrived in Paris. In-depth and productive interviews with FM @JY_LeDrian. Discussions on bilateral cooperation, the situation in Ukraine, the Indo-Pacific and the JCPOA reflected our deep trust and global partnership. I look forward to participating in the EU Indo-Pacific Ministerial Forum,” Jaishankar tweeted.

The Foreign Ministry later said in a statement that the two ministers discussed, among other topics, the priorities of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU which started on January 1 this year.

Jaishankar appreciated the French initiative to host an EU Ministerial Forum on Indo-Pacific Cooperation on February 22, which he will attend along with several other leaders from Indo-Pacific and EU countries. .

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