Jaishankar in talks with New Zealand counterpart urges faster visas for students

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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday held talks with New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaiah Mahuta and urged for expediting the visa processing of Indian students wishing to study in New Zealand.

The two leaders also exchanged views on issues of international concern such as the Indo-Pacific and the Ukraine conflict.

This is S Jaishankar’s first visit to New Zealand as External Affairs Minister.

“Warm and productive talks with New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaiah Mahuta this afternoon. Two societies, respecting tradition and culture, are seeking to forge a more contemporary relationship,” Dr Jaishankar tweeted.

“We will do so if we play to our strengths: business, technology, digital, education, talent and agriculture. We can collaborate on pressing global issues including climate action, pandemics and maritime security,” he added in the thread.

“Appreciated the exchange of views on international concerns (issues) such as the Indo-Pacific and the Ukraine conflict. We value working with us in multilateral fora, including at the United Nations and Commonwealth.

Raised the issue of Indian students affected by COVID measures. Now urged for speedy visa processing for those wishing to study in New Zealand, the minister concluded.

Dr Jaishankar, who is on a visit to New Zealand and Australia from October 5-11, is also scheduled to attend an event with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to honor members of the Indian community in New Zealand for their extraordinary achievements. . and contribution.

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