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Mekong-Ganga Cooperation

23rd July, 2021 International Relations

Context:

  • External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar addressed the 11th Mekong-Ganga Cooperation meeting comprising six countries — India, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam
  • He also called for a "collective and collaborative" response to effectively deal with coronavirus pandemic, saying the virus does not respect national boundaries.

 

Mekong-Ganga Cooperation

  • The MGC initiative comprising six countries — India, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
  • It was launched in 2000 to boost cooperation in a range of areas including connectivity, tourism and culture.
  • For India, the Mekong region is of great importance. India seeks multi-dimensional engagement with the Mekong countries.
  • India aim to promote connectivity in the region in the broadest sense of the term including not just physical, but also digital, economic, and people-to-people connectivity.
  • Mekong Ganga Cooperation stands on a strong foundation of shared geographical, historical and civilizational ties among the six countries.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/mekong-region-is-of-great-importance-to-india-eam-jaishankar/article35457770.ece?homepage=true