The 19th Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers’ Meeting (CFAMM) for the year 2019 was held at the Commonwealth’s headquarters in Marlborough House, London, United Kingdom (UK) on July 10, 2019. It was chaired by UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt as part of Britain’s term as the current Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth.
External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar in UK for 19th CFAMM
External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr. S Jaishankar arrived in the UK to attend the 19th CFAMM. The meeting discussed the future strategy of the grouping. He was accompanied by other 52 member-countries of the Commonwealth at the meeting.
Highlights of the Meeting
- EAM congratulated the member countries on the 70th anniversary of the Commonwealth.
- At the meeting, Foreign Ministers adopted the 70th anniversary Affirmation.
- The meeting undertook a review of the implementation of the mandates of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018 and held discussions on the CHOGM 2020 to be held at Kigali, Rwanda in June 2020.
- Potential reforms of the Commonwealth Secretariat was also the agenda of the talks.
- Media freedom was the key theme of the summit.
- EAM called for fast-tracking the re-admission of the Maldives to the Commonwealth.
- EAM Dr. S Jaishankar held bilateral talks with his UK counterpart Jeremy Hunt. They agreed to bring the entire gamut of India-UK bilateral relations into sharper focus and EAM thanked for the British Government’s support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative to build a global Coalition of Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).
- EAM held bilateral talks with Foreign Affairs Minister of Australia Marise Payne, Foreign Affairs Minister of Canada Chrystia Freeland and State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh MD Shahriar Alam.
- He also interacted with a large number of MPs (Members of Parliament), Lords and key representatives of think tanks and media to exchange views on a range of issues to find ways and means to further cement the multifaceted India – UK ties.
About Commonwealth of Nations:
♦ Headquarters: London, UK
♦ Founder: Parliament of the United Kingdom
♦ The modern Commonwealth came into being 70 years ago with the London Declaration, signed on 26 April, 1949.