In February 13-15, Jaishankar had visited the Philippines and reviewed bilateral relations as both sides agreed to further expand economic cooperation and reaffirmed their strong commitment to a multifaceted partnership.
"If India has chosen a side, it is a side of peace and it is for an immediate end to violence. This is our principled stand and has consistently guided our position in international forums and debates, including in the UN," Jaishankar said.
Blinken had called Jaishankar on Wednesday last week on the eve of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's visit to New Delhi and spoke about "the worsening humanitarian situation in Ukraine", Price said.
Since Moscow launched its invasion of Kyiv on February 24, India has been facing pressure from the West and its allies to take a stronger stand against Russia.
Visiting on the invitation of Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister, G.L. Peiris, Jaishankar's visit follows Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa's visit to India early this month and last December and Minister Peiris' visit to India in February
Jaishankar and Wang have met in Moscow and Tajik capital Dushanbe on the sidelines of multilateral events in the last one-and-a-half years. But this is the first high-level visit between India and China after their ties came under severe strain following the border standoff in eastern Ladakh nearly two years ago.
During his visit to France, Jaishankar will also hold meetings with other French dignitaries, EU Commissioners as well as with his counterparts from other Indo-Pacific countries participating in the EU Indo-Pacific Forum.
"Separately, we have also seen a sharpening of tensions on territorial issues across the breadth of Asia. Agreements and understandings of yesteryears now seem to have some question marks. Time will, of course, provide answers, he said, apparently referring to the unresolved border standoff between India and China in eastern Ladakh since May last year.
"India's own approach to Afghanistan has always been guided by our historical friendship with its people and this will continue to be the case."
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