S. Jaishankar | S. jaishankar met foreign ministers of caricom member countries

file photo New Delhi: Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar co-chaired the fourth Indo-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ministerial meeting with his Jamaican counterpart Caminaz Smith in Guyana’s capital Georgetown on Friday. He then held bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Trinidad and Tobago, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Barbados. Jaishankar discussed various issues including trade, climate change, digital transformation, health sector, agriculture and International Solar Alliance (ISA) to enhance cooperation in bilateral meetings. He tweeted, “Nice to meet Dr. Emery Brown, Foreign Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. Talked about digital transformation and taking forward our development partnership focused on the health sector. Will continue our cooperation on various forums. In a series of tweets, he said, “It was great to meet the Foreign Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Denzil Douglas, on the sidelines of the India-CARICOM meeting. Told them that India will always raise its voice for the concerns of the Global South. Jaishankar said, “It was a pleasure to meet the Foreign Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Keisel Peters, today (Friday). Appreciate the interest of the country in millets. Also discussed our ongoing projects and enhancing cooperation. In another tweet, the Foreign Minister said, “It was a pleasure to meet the Foreign Minister of Grenada, Joseph Andol. Discussed enhancing our development partnership. He said, “It was a pleasure to meet the Foreign Minister of Barbados, Kerry Symonds. Also read Shared views on working together in the areas of renewable energy, health and skills. Jaishankar also held a bilateral meeting with Caminaz Smith, co-chair of the India-CARICOM meeting, and discussed taking cooperation forward in training and development partnership. He also met the Parliamentary Minister of the Bahamas, Jamah Strachan, and discussed with him the International Solar Alliance, the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), along with reforms in the UN Security Council. The foreign minister on Friday began his nine-day visit to Guyana, Panama, Colombia and the Dominican Republic with his Suriname counterpart Albert Ramdin here. Earlier, on Friday, Jaishankar also met Dr. Carla Natalie Barnett, Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). CARICOM is an intergovernmental organization that is a political and economic union of 15 member states of the Americas and the Atlantic Ocean. (agency)

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