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New York: With External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj holding separate dialogues with leaders of the Caribbean and Latin American nations on Wednesday, India looks to have bolstered its relations  with the two major blocs of the region.

Sushma Swaraj attended the India-CELAC quartet ministerial meeting and hosted the India-CARICOM foreign ministers’ meeting here on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is an organisation of 15 Caribbean nations and dependencies to promote economic integration and cooperation among the members.

The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) is a regional bloc of 33 Latin American and Caribbean states.

Quite a few of the nations in both groups, including Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, have a substantial Indian-origin population, of Indians who migrated here in the 19th and early 20th century to work in the sugarcane fields.

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“India’s ties with the Caribbean region are historic,” Sushma Swaraj said in her address at the India-CARICOM ministerial meeting, according to tweets posted by external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

“India and Caricom share similar concerns & common aspirations for accelerated economic development and eradication of poverty,” she said at the meeting.

“India offers assistance to Caribbean countries in capacity building, IT, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, SMEs, and many other areas,” she said.

She also called for partnership with CARICOM on text-based negotiations for UN Security Council reform.

She then attended the India-CELAC Quartet Ministerial Meeting.

“Our two-way trade with CELAC is $46 billion. We should boost cooperation in energy, Science & Technology, health care, agro chemicals,” she said at the meeting.

She also called for India-CELAC coordination on global issues like international terrorism, climate change and UN Security Council reform.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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Did You Know? IOM States Latin America as World’s Deadliest Route for Migrants

The region’s grim yearly record as the deadliest route for migrants for now has been broken by Latin America.

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Millman says smugglers often take risks and cut corners to increase profits. He says many drive unsafe vehicles, and this often results in deadly accidents. Pixabay

The International Organization for Migration reports Latin America has displaced previous record-holder, the Mediterranean Sea as the deadliest route for migrants in the world.

Thousands of refugees and migrants have died while making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea into Europe.

The region’s grim yearly record as the deadliest route for migrants for now has been broken by Latin America.

International Organization for Migration spokesman, Joel Millman, says since February 1, 79 deaths have been reported along this route. He says this is nearly three times higher than the numbers reported in the Mediterranean.

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Migrants ride in the back of a truck during their journey toward the United States, in Los Olivos, Mexico, Feb. 2, 2019. On Thursday dozens of migrants were killed or injured when the truck they were riding in crashed in Mexico. VOA

He agrees the rise in deaths is a consequence of increased migration from Latin American countries to the United States. He tells VOA the journey has become more dangerous because of greater reliance by refugees and migrants on smugglers to transport them to the U.S. border.

“Circular migration, in which there were repeat customers every year in Latin America going to jobs has largely ended. And, that means that the relationship that migrants have with the people who transport them tends to be much harsher and they are dealing with a more criminal class of smuggler than existed a generation ago. Clearly, that shows up in the numbers of people killed,” he said.

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The journey has become more dangerous because of greater reliance by refugees and migrants on smugglers to transport them to the U.S. border.

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Millman says smugglers often take risks and cut corners to increase profits. He says many drive unsafe vehicles, and this often results in deadly accidents.

Just 10 days ago, he notes a truck accident in Mexico’s southern state of Chiapas killed 24 Guatemalan men and women. He says this year has been a particularly deadly one for Guatemalans. He says this crash was one of the worst reported by IOM in the past five years. (VOA)