India is seeking a multi-dimensional engagement with the Mekong region considering its great importance, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar told to the leaders of Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC). In an address at the 11th Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC) meeting, Mr. Jaishankar also called for a “collective and collaborative” response to effectively deal with coronavirus pandemic, saying the virus does not respect national boundaries.
The MGC initiative comprising six countries — India, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam — was launched in 2000 to boost cooperation in a range of areas including connectivity, tourism and culture. The organization takes its name from the Ganga and the Mekong, two large rivers in the region.
The external affairs minister also said that the Mekong Ganga Cooperation stands on a strong foundation of shared geographical, historical and civilizational ties among the six countries.
Referring to the coronavirus crisis, the minister said there was a need to find ways on how the MGC partnership can lend its strength to the fight against the pandemic.
“This oldest sub-regional cooperation is as much a celebration of our long and rich history of trade, cultural and people-to-people exchanges as it is a vehicle to advance modern day cooperation to bring progress and prosperity to our people,” he said.