Update: April 24, 2022 9:36 p.m. STI
New Delhi [India]April 24 (ANI): Following their bilateral meeting earlier in the day, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had a series of friendly exchanges with his Filipino counterpart Teddy Locsin Jr. on Twitter on Sunday with the Minister of Foreign Affairs in visit calling interaction, one of the best talks he has had.
“One of the best talks I’ve had in each of my incarnations. Candid, smart, fun, deep. I came away with deeper insights into the issues of the day. I have time to revise. I wish I could be so calm and effortlessly collected; see things with a bit of detachment for a bigger and longer view,” the Philippine foreign minister said.
EAM Jaishankar returned the kind remarks and said, “I enjoyed our conversation very much. Looking forward to hearing from you at Raisina.”
Philippine Foreign Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. arrived in New Delhi on Saturday and held delegation-level and bilateral talks with EAM Jaishankar.
The two leaders discussed several issues, including the Indo-Pacific, Europe, Myanmar, Ukraine and multilateralism, as well as bilateral relations.
“I warmly welcomed the Foreign Secretary of the Philippines @teddyboylocsin. I enjoyed his insights and perspectives on the Indo-Pacific, Europe, Myanmar, Ukraine and multilateralism. Reviewed the progress of bilateral relations since our last meeting in February,” EAM Jaishankar informed in a tweet.
“Thank you my friends, I have time to get things done,” the Philippine Foreign Secretary said in a tweet quoting Jaishankar.
Later in the day, the Philippine Foreign Secretary assured on Twitter that measures are being taken to help Indian medical students to pursue medical studies in institutions in the Philippines but have not been able to travel to the country since. 2 years due to COVID-19 restrictions. .
“Yes, EAM Jaishankar and I have addressed this and even though we are tweeting, it is ongoing. I will speed up. Honored that they are coming to my country, especially Davao, for medical studies,” said the Philippine Foreign Secretary.
“Appreciate @teddyboylocsin’s empathy for Indian students. Can’t wait to facilitate visas,” EAM Jaishankar replied in a tweet.
Jaishankar concluded his visit to the Philippines in February, during which he reviewed bilateral relations as the two sides agreed to further expand economic cooperation and reaffirmed their firm commitment to a multi-faceted partnership.
Earlier in the day, Jaishankar also held bilateral meetings with Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama and Argentine Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero.
A number of foreign ministers and dignitaries are arriving in New Delhi on the sidelines of the upcoming Raisina dialogue which is due to open on Monday.
The dialogue, which will take place over three days from April 25-27, will see the participation of European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen as the main guest and Prime Minister Narendra Modi opening the dialogue.
The Raisina Dialogue 2022, based on the theme “Terranova – Passionate, Impatient, Imperial”, will be modeled around six thematic pillars –Rethinking Democracy: Trade, Technology and Ideology; End of multilateralism: a networked world order; Water Caucus: Turbulent Indo-Pacific Tides; Communities Inc: first responders to health, development and the planet; Achieving green transitions: common imperative, divergent realities; Samson versus Goliath: the persistent and relentless technological wars.
Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed and former Australian Prime Minister Anthony Abbott are likely to attend the conference. (ANI)