Both sides took stock of developments towards a post-Covid pandemic economic recovery

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar participated in the Argentina pro-tempore presidency-hosted India-CELAC Quartet Meeting in New York, which was held on Monday on the sidelines of the UNGA meeting.

During the meeting, India and the CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) Quartet of Argentina, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, and Colombia discussed regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest.

Both sides acknowledged their cooperation in UN and other multilateral bodies, and agreed to work together on global issues including UN reforms and Climate Change, India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.

The meeting took stock of developments towards a post-Covid pandemic economic recovery and both sides agreed to work closely in sectors including Trade and Commerce, Agriculture, Food and Energy security, Health, Vaccine production, Traditional Medicines and logistics, the MEA added.

Reviewing the entire spectrum of India-CELAC relations, both sides expressed satisfaction at revitalizing the India-CELAC forum. They expressed happiness at the growing engagements of India with Latin American countries, the MEA said.

While EAM Jaishankar headed the Indian delegation, the CELAC Quartet was represented by Foreign Minister of Argentina Santiago Cafiero; Foreign Minister of Guatemala Mario Adolfo Bucaro Flores; Foreign Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Amery Browne; and Vice Minister for Multilateral Affairs of Colombia Laura Gil Savastano.