11th Mekong-Ganga Cooperation meeting held

On July 21, 2021, while addressing the 11th Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC) meeting, S Jaishankar India’s External Affairs Minister has called for a “collective and collaborative” response to effectively deal with the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, saying that national boundaries are not respected by this virus.


Key Points

  • India considers the Mekong region of great importance and hence seeks a multi-dimensional engagement with Mekong countries.
  • India wants to identify newer areas of cooperation and doing so will broaden the partnership of the countries.
  • Addressing the meeting, S Jaishankar has said that India wants to promote better connectivity in this region through economic, digital and people-to-people connectivity.
  • In the meeting finding ways to the fight against the pandemic through better MGC partnership was reflected upon. S Jaishankar said that the partner nations need to work together in addressing the crisis.
  • India said that Mekong Ganga Cooperation stands on a strong foundation based on shared historical and geographical ties and cooperation among the countries should be improved to bring progress and prosperity.

About MGC Initiative

The MGC initiative was launched in the year 2000 with the aim of boosting cooperation in tourism, connectivity and culture and other range of areas. This initiative comprises of six countries, they are: India, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.


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