Akbar, who was visiting Germany for a meeting of Foreign Ministers of G-20 countries in Bonn, met Guterres during one of the bilateral meetings.
Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar has met the new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and discussed matters related to counter-terrorism and poverty alleviation.
Akbar, who was visiting Germany for a meeting of Foreign Ministers of G-20 countries in Bonn, met Guterres during one of the bilateral meetings he had with representatives from several countries. They discussed issues related to counter-terrorism, poverty alleviation, sustainable development and Africa, according to a statement released by the Indian embassy here.
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At the G20 meeting, India lamented that the UN has been unable to define terrorism at a time when radical terrorist groups such as the Islamic State and their surrogates like the LeT were challenging the nation-state. India asked the national governments to make policies for sustaining peace. Guterres took over duties from Ban Ki-moon on January 1.
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Akbar also held bilateral meetings with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini; Foreign Minister of Argentina Susana Malcorra; Foreign Minister of The Netherlands Bert Koenders; and the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir.