External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar to leave for a visit to Germany and France


Posted on 17 February 2022


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External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar will leave for a visit to Germany and France, where he will meet counterparts from Europe and the United States for a number of meetings, including an EU Ministerial meeting on the Indo-Pacific, amid new flashpoints between Russia and the United States over Ukraine. The visit, which comes soon after his trip to Australia for the Quad Ministerial Meeting, is likely to be overshadowed by tensions in east Europe, where, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement of troop withdrawal from Ukraine's borders, NATO countries continue to warn of a "invasion," and the Russian government expelled a senior American diplomat from the US embassy in Moscow. When asked about India's position, a spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the government's priority remains ensuring the safety of Indian citizens, urging them to leave on commercial flights if at all possible, but that the government had no "immediate evacuation plans" or plans to send in special aircraft to fly Indian citizens out of Ukraine. The MEA said Mr. Jaishankar will participate in a panel discussion on the Indo-Pacific at the Munich Security Conference (MSC) on Friday before traveling to Paris on Sunday to meet with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. He will meet with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to address bilateral matters in Munich, and he will attend the MSC among other world leaders, including UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and US Vice President Kamala Harris.


Key Points


  • External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar will leave for a visit to Germany and France, where he will meet counterparts from Europe and the United States for a number of meetings, including an EU Ministerial meeting on the Indo-Pacific, amid new flashpoints between Russia and the United States over Ukraine.

  •  The MEA said Mr. Jaishankar will participate in a panel discussion on the Indo-Pacific at the Munich Security Conference (MSC) on Friday before traveling to Paris on Sunday to meet with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. 

  • He will meet with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to address bilateral matters in Munich, and he will attend the MSC among other world leaders, including UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and US Vice President Kamala Harris.

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