US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during his visit to India.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is going to arrive on his first visit to India next week. During this, Blinken will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. During the meeting, Blinken will discuss a range of issues, including Indo-Pacific connectivity, shared democratic values and COVID-19 response efforts. A spokesman for the US Secretary of State gave this information on Friday. Blinken is going to come on a two-day India tour on July 27 (Antony Blinken India Tour).
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ned Price said that in addition to his visit to New Delhi, Blinken will also visit Kuwait City. His visit will be from July 26 to July 29. Price said the visit would reaffirm America’s commitment to strengthen the partnership and underscore cooperation on shared priorities. Price said, on July 28, in New Delhi, Blinken will meet Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During this, many issues including continued cooperation on COVID-19 response efforts, Indo-Pacific connectivity, shared regional security interests will be discussed.
Blinken’s visit is an opportunity to strengthen India-US partnership
At the same time, the Indian Foreign Ministry said that Blinken will also meet National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. US Secretary of State Blinken’s visit is an opportunity to continue high-level bilateral dialogue and strengthen the India-US global strategic partnership, the State Department said in a press release. The two sides will review the strong and multi-faceted India-US bilateral ties and their potential to further strengthen them. The ministry said, the discussions during the meeting will focus on regional and global issues of mutual interest.
Discussion is also possible on the meeting of the leaders of the Quad
It is believed that the changing situation in Afghanistan can be at the center of the discussion between the two sides. Blinken’s visit comes at a time when the Taliban have captured significant parts of Afghanistan, pushing back Afghan forces. This will be Blinken’s first visit to India after taking over as US Secretary of State. This is the second most powerful post in the Biden administration. Earlier, US Secretary of State Lloyd Austin visited India in March. It has also been learned that the two sides will also discuss the possibility of holding an individual summit of the leaders of the Quad in Washington later this year.
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