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Amid turmoil in Afghanistan, Jaishankar to fly to US on four-day visit

As India holds the presidency of the United Nations Security Council for August, Jaishankar will be presiding over two high-level signature events on August 18 and 19. 

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New Delhi, First Published Aug 15, 2021, 11:20 PM IST
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Amidst political turmoil in Afghanistan with the Taliban taking over capital Kabul, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be visiting New York on August 16 on a four-day visit.

As India holds the presidency of the United Nations Security Council for August, Jaishankar will be presiding over two high-level signature events on August 18 and 19. 

On August 18, Jaishankar will take part in the open debate on 'Protecting the Protectors: Technology and Peacekeeping'. A day later, the Indian foreign minister will attend a high-level briefing on 'Threats to International Peace and Security caused by Terrorist Acts'. 

"Both these topics are priorities for India during its UNSC innings," an official statement said.

The open debate on peacekeeping, based on the theme 'Protecting the Protectors', will revolve around the use of modern technological tools to enhance the safety and security of peacekeepers and to aid peacekeeping missions to meet their mandates effectively and efficiently. 

This project would exhibit the impact of modern surveillance technology on the detection of asymmetric threats. 

"The aim is to improve camp security for UN peacekeepers, the overall security situation, and quality of situational awareness," it said.

India has partnered with the United Nations to launch the UNITE Aware platform initially in four UN peacekeeping missions: MUNISMA (Mali), UNMISS (South Sudan), UNFICYP (Cyprus) and AMISOM (Somalia).

India and the UN are expected to sign an MoU on the 'Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping' initiative, during the visit. 

On August 19, the minister will preside over a briefing session on the six-monthly report of the UN Secretary-General on the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, under the agenda item 'Threats to International Peace and Security caused by Terrorist Acts'.

During this visit, Jaishankar is also scheduled to have bilateral meetings with his counterparts from other member states on the sidelines of these UNSC sessions.

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