Berlin: Foreign Minister S Jaishankar met his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Berlin and discussed a number of global and bilateral issues, including climate change, the fight against terrorism, multilateralism and connectivity. They also shared their perspectives on the situation in Afghanistan and the United States with golf.
Speaking at a press interaction with Maas in Berlin after the meeting, Jaishankar said they were also discussing cooperation in the Alliance for Multilateralism – a Franco-German initiative that was launched during the current 74th UN General Assembly last year.
"I conveyed our strong support to the minister. And I would like to underline that we in India are very proud of our traditions and confident of our future and we believe that the future is an internationalist future," said Jaishankar.
"We appreciate this initiative, the Alliance for Multilateralism, because multilateralism is now threatened by both nationalism and mercantilism, and I believe in the centrality of the United Nations, in the relevance of the WTO for international trade and we believe that multilateralism should be recognized, preserved and protected, "he added.
The two heads of state and government considered how to speed up reforms of the United Nations, including the UN Security Council. "It is an issue where India and Germany have been working together for several years. I was delighted to hear from the Minister the support for two initiatives India has taken, multilateral initiatives, the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure "Said Jaishankar.