India proposes voluntary G-20 principles on cross-border travel

At the G-20 meeting of foreign ministers in Riyadh, India proposed the creation of voluntary ‘G-20 Principles on Organized People’s Cross-Border Movement.

Minister of External Affairs (EAM) S Jaishankar, who took part in the G20 Extraordinary Meeting of Foreign Ministers on Thursday, made the suggestion, which includes calling for standardized testing procedures and universal acceptance of test results as well as uniformity of movement and transit guidelines.

“Participated at G20 Foreign Ministers’ Extraordinary Meeting. To facilitate more cross-border movement of people, proposed that we standardize-testing procedures and universal acceptability of test results, quarantine procedures and movement and transit protocols,” says EAM S Jaishankar.

The new G-20 Chair, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, hosted this G-20 Virtual Meeting. The meeting was chaired by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia foreign minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al-Saud.

The Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement that the EAM called on governments worldwide to see that international student rights are secured and the movement of stranded seafarers back to their homeland is facilitated.

During the conference, discussions focused on improving international cross-border cooperation in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ministry said.

The ministers also shared national perspectives and lessons gained in response to the COVID-19 pandemic from cross-border management steps taken.

In his remarks, Jaishankar commended Saudi Arabia for its constructive approach to getting together the G20 countries to counter the pandemic.

EAM underlined the steps India has taken in the aftermath of the pandemic. He learned about the measures taken by India, like Vande Bharat Mission, and the development of ‘travel bubbles’ for the welfare and security of stranded foreign citizens as well as their own people abroad, from the G20 Foreign Ministers.

EAM called on governments around the world to ensure that international students’ interests are secured and to promote the movement of stranded seafarers back to their home country.