Jaishankar, Italian minister discuss Ukraine, call to end war

NEW DELHI: External affairs minister S Jaishankar discussed with his visiting Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio regional and global issues including Ukraine, Indo-Pacific and Afghanistan.
On Ukraine, the two ministers expressed concern on the ongoing humanitarian crisis and called for an immediate cessation of hostilities. “They also underlined the importance to safeguard the international order based on the UN Charter, with special regard to the respect of sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said the government in a statement.
“The two leaders noted the potential for a closer industrial collaboration, including in the field of defence. They reiterated their commitment to closely work in countering common challenges related to terrorism, violent extremism and cyber crime,” it added.
Di Maio had a meeting with commerce & industry minister Piyush Goyal and co-chaired a business round-table.