Updated: August 27, 2022 8:05 a.m. STI
New Delhi [India]Aug. 27 (ANI): Argentina has affirmed its support for India‘s upcoming G20 presidency, especially to advance the development agenda of southern countries within the G20, according to the joint statement released by New Delhi and Buenos Aires.
The statement came after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Argentina’s Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero chaired a joint meeting of the Commission (JCM) on Friday.
India will assume the presidency of the G20 in September 2023.
Welcoming the close cooperation between the two countries in multilateral forums, the two ministers agreed to cooperate closely with the United Nations and other multilateral organizations to address the global challenges of terrorism, security, international peace and regional issues, climate change, biodiversity loss, trade equity and sustainable development.
They also reaffirmed their commitment to international cooperation to address global environmental challenges and called on developed countries and multilateral financial institutions to increase financing, capacity building and technology transfer for developing countries.
“They reaffirmed their commitment to the Charter of the United Nations and stressed the need for a comprehensive reform of the United Nations Security Council, including its enlargement to make it more representative, accountable, effective and reflective of the contemporary realities of the 21st century. As member states of the Group of 77 at the United Nations, they agreed to continue to work together in multilateral fora to promote the interests of developing countries and promote South-South cooperation,” the statement said.
Both countries reaffirmed their commitment to the objectives of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. India congratulated Argentina as Chairperson for the period 2022-2023 and Argentina expressed its strong support for India’s membership in the Group.
Regarding terrorism and extremism, which continue to threaten regional and world peace, the two countries renewed their determination to combat this serious challenge to humanity, reiterating that the response to terrorism must continue to be comprehensive, taking into account of the international framework.
The two ministers took note of the recent discussions between India and MERCOSUR regarding the expansion of the existing preferential trade agreement and stressed their joint commitment to further promote trade for mutual benefit.
“Recognizing the prowess of the pharmaceutical sectors in both countries, the two ministers agreed to promote trade and investment in pharmaceuticals. EAM asked to explore the possibility of including India in the list of countries in Annex I of Argentine Decree No. 150 of January 20. 1990,” according to the statement.
Argentina also detailed the roadmap of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) during its pro-tempore presidency in 2022 and stressed the importance of dialogue with other countries and regional blocs. , including India.
India reiterated its support for the resumption of negotiations to find a solution to the sovereignty issue relating to the Malvinas Islands issue in accordance with the resolutions of the UNGA and the Special Committee on Decolonization.
The two ministers agreed to hold the next round of Joint Commission meetings in India in 2023 on mutually agreed dates.
The Minister of External Affairs is on an official visit to Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina from August 22 to 27. (ANI)