Union External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar will embark on a six-day visit to two nations from July 12- July 18. In the first leg of his visit, the EAM will reach Indonesia to attend Foreign Ministers’ Meetings under the ASEAN on July 13-14, and then he will go to Thailand for the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of Mekong Ganga Cooperation (MGC), a release from the Ministry of External Affairs said on July 11.
As per the Ministry of External Affairs, S Jaishankar will visit Jakarta, Indonesia, for the Foreign Ministers’ Meetings under the ASEAN framework in the format ASEAN-India, East Asia Summit and ASEAN Regional Forum on July 13-14. The External Affairs Minister will also hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from other countries. India’s engagement with this ASEAN-centered regional architecture signifies India’s strong commitment to ASEAN centrality in the Indo-Pacific.
After Jakarta, EAM will travel to Bangkok, Thailand, to participate in the 12th Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of Mekong Ganga Cooperation (MGC) Mechanism on July 16, 2023.
MGC is one of the oldest mechanisms of the lower Mekong region and is guided by India’s Act East Policy.
Further in Bangkok, the EAM will also attend the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Foreign Ministers’ Retreat on July 17, 2023.
BIMSTEC is an economic and technical initiative which brings together the countries of the Bay of Bengal for multifaceted cooperation. The retreat would discuss ways to further deepen the BIMSTEC agenda and strengthen the organisation.
(with inputs from ANI)