Jaishankar, Blinken wear colourful, printed shirts at East Asia Summit

Jaishankar, Blinken wear colourful, printed shirts at East Asia Summit

New Delhi, July 15: External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken were seen wearing colourful, printed shirts while attending the East Asia Summit (EAS) in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Jaishankar and Blinken had attended the13th EAS Foreign Ministers' meeting on Friday in the Indonesian capital.

The External Affairs Minister had shared a photo on Twitter with the Secretary of State in which Jaishankar wore a blue printed shirt, while Blinken's was in the shades of brown, blue and white.

In his tweet, Jaishankar said: "Pleasure to meet Sec Blinken. Followed up on PM Narendra Modi’s  recent visit to the US. Also exchanged views on Ukraine, Myanmar and Indo-Pacific."

While speaking at the meeting, Jaishankar said that India firmly supported the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) and its implementation through EAS.

"There is great synergy between the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI) proposed by India and AOIP," he added.

He said that Quad will always complement ASEAN and ASEAN-led mechanisms as AOIP contributes to the vision of the Quad.

Quad is an informal strategic forum comprising of four nations, namely the US, India, Australia and Japan.

One of the primary objectives of the Quad is to work for a free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region. Jaishankar further added that India affirms ASEAN's centrality in the Indo-Pacific and advocates the strengthening of the EAS.

(The content of this article is sourced from a news agency and has not been edited by the ap7am team.)

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