Wednesday, September 22, 2021

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s team members test covid positive on landing at London

Hours after an in-person meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in London, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar confirmed a UK media report that two members of his delegation have tested positive.

Jaishankar has cancelled all in-person meetings and decided to continue the rest of his engagements through the virtual mode.

Soon after the UK media outlet The Sun broke the story about two members of the Indian delegation invited to attend a G-7 conclave of foreign ministers, Jaishankar conceded that he was made aware on Tuesday evening of exposure to possible Covid positive cases.

“As a measure of abundant caution and also out of consideration for others, I decided to conduct my engagements in the virtual mode. That will be the case with the G7 Meeting today as well,’’ Jaishankar posted on social media.

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It wasn’t clear whether his trilateral with the Australian and Foreign Ministers was held in the virtual or in-person mode.

Jaishankar had arrived in London on Monday for a four-day visit at the invitation of UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to join the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers Meeting as one of the guest ministers.

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