India to work with G20 members to address debt, food and energy security issues: Jaishankar

As India assumes the presidency of the G20, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Saturday that New Delhi will work with the other members of the group to resolve the serious problems of debt, food and energy security, even if it has noted concerns about stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region.

“As we begin the G-20 presidency in December, we are sensitive to the challenges facing developing countries,” Jaishankar said in his address to the UN General Assembly high-level session here.

He told the 193 members of the UN General Assembly that India will work with the other members of the G-20 to solve the serious problems of debt, economic growth, food and energy security and, in particular, ‘environment.

“Reforming the governance of multilateral financial institutions will continue to be one of our top priorities,” he said.

He also noted that the Indo-Pacific region is also experiencing new concerns over its stability and security. His remarks came amid aggressive Chinese actions in the strategically important region.

Noting that while global attention has been on Ukraine, India has also faced other challenges, particularly in its own neighborhood, in an apparent reference to the unresolved standoff with China in eastern Ladakh and strained relations with Pakistan.

“Some of them may be aggravated by the Covid pandemic and ongoing conflicts, but they also speak to a deeper malaise. Debt accumulation in fragile economies is of particular concern,” he said. he declares.

He affirmed that India believes that in these times, the international community must rise above narrow national agendas. India, for its part, is taking exceptional measures in exceptional times “when we fill the vacuum of humanitarian needs left unaddressed by political complexity.”

He pointed out that India had sent 50,000 metric tons of wheat and several tranches of medicines and vaccines to Afghanistan, extended credits of $3.8 billion to Sri Lanka for fuel, essentials and trade settlement, provided 10,000 metric tons of food aid and vaccines to Burma.

“Whether it is disaster response or humanitarian assistance, India has stood strong, making a special contribution to those close to it,” he said.

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