EAM resorts to namaste diplomacy while greeting SCO FMs


New Delhi/Panaji, May 5 (UNI) – External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar took to ‘namaste diplomacy’ while welcoming fellow SCO foreign ministers at the Meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers in Panaji today – a move that helped maintain equanimity while greeting his Pakistani counterpart. (External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar)


EAM Jaishankar was polite and courteous while greeting and welcoming Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari with a namaste and polite smile at the venue, with the Pakistani FM responding in kind, as both posed for a photo. EAM then politely ushered him to the meeting room.


EAM did likewise for Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang, with whom he had held a bilateral meeting on Thursday. However, the two ministers did share a few words before the Chinese FM was ushered in for the meeting.


It was a namaste with which he greeting Russia’s FM Sergey Lavrov too, though the two share a good rapport and on Thursday did share some lighter moments.


The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation membership includes Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan besides India.
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