The United Nations
Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar boycotted the UN Security Council meeting chaired by China. Multilateralism was to be debated at ministerial level under the chairmanship of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in which India was represented by Foreign Minister Harsh Shringla. China received a strong message following the violent attack on Indian Sen near the line of effective control in eastern Ladakh last year.
Ministers from all other countries are present
In the absence of the Foreign Minister, India’s position was visible as ministers from all remaining member countries were present at the meeting. Shringla revealed in her speech global weaknesses and mistakes in the Corona virus outbreak. He said: “The weaknesses of the multilateral system have been revealed by the delay in the concerted global response, which is visible today.” This clarified the need for a detailed change.
He said the epidemic had made mistakes ranging from global supply chains to uneven vaccine distribution and explained the need for global cooperation and strong multilateralism.
Jaishankar remains involved so far
India joined the UNSC as a provisional member in January and Jaishankar has attended ministerial meetings since then in Tunisia in January, Britain in February and Vietnam in April. China will now hold two more meetings, one on Africa and the recovery of Kovid-19 and the other on improving the security of peacekeepers. Several board meetings have been virtualized due to the Kovid-19 outbreak.