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India to step up engagement with Latin America and Africa

The Narendra Modi administration will step up its engagement with Latin America as these nations seek to expand their bilateral ties with India following External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar’s productive trip there last week. Salman Khurshid of the UPA visited some of these nations back in 2013, and Jaishankar is now the first Indian foreign minister to visit the region in nine years.

According to information obtained, EAM Jaishankar received the red carpet treatment from his counterparts in Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay, with the heads of state of all three nations making time to meet with the Indian Foreign Minister. 

The three leaders praised India’s stance on the Indo-Pacific, the Ukraine, and how the Indian Army is fending off the PLA in East Ladakh. 

When the coronavirus was wreaking havoc on the world and killing people everywhere, these nations were especially appreciative of PM Modi’s strong leadership in the context of strategic autonomy and India’s support for the global vaccine initiative.

The success of EAM Jaishankar’s visit demonstrated India’s growing influence as it prepares to take over the G-20 Presidency later this year while continuing to be a member of the UNSC through the end of January 2023.

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