India and Jamaica are finalizing two pacts on health and sports after wide-ranging talks between the foreign ministers of the two nations to deepen cooperation, the Ministry of External Affairs said today.

During the talks held yesterday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Jamaican Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith discussed various aspects of bilateral ties as well as important regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest.

"The two ministers focused on building closer cooperation in the areas of trade and investment, health and health tourism, capacity building, agriculture, culture, tourism etc. The two countries are currently finalizing MoUs on health and sports," the MEA said in a statement.

Smith is on an official visit to India from 9-12 October. This is the first ever visit by a foreign minister of Jamaica to India.

The visit coincided with the 5th Foreign Office Consultations between the two countries, which was held yesterday.

For the Foreign Office Consultations, the Indian delegation was led by Secretary (East) Preeti Saran and the Jamaican delegation by Ambassador Marcia Gilbert Roberts, Permanent Secretary.

"Smith expressed gratitude for the donation of USD 1,50,000 worth of medicines to Jamaica. She also expressed the regions gratitude for Indias contribution of USD 2,00,000 for the countries worst affected by the recent hurricanes," the statement added.

The visiting minister also held meetings with Tourism Minister K J Alphons and Health Minister J P Nadda. An interaction with FICCI also took place in New Delhi. - PTI


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