Before leaving for India, Blinken said he looked forward to discussing with his Indian partners how to further expand cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and the Middle East.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived here on Tuesday on a two-day visit to India. During this, he will discuss topics such as further strengthening bilateral ties and discussions on the rapidly changing security situation in Afghanistan and expanding cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region under the Quad mechanism. Along with Blinken’s visit to New Delhi, Washington described India as a “leading global power and an important US partner”.
On Wednesday, Blinken will hold in-depth discussions with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and meet National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. He is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi before leaving for Kuwait as part of his two-nation tour. The US State Department said in a fact sheet after Blinken’s arrival in New Delhi on Tuesday that the US supports India’s emergence as a “leading global power” and helps to make the strategic Indo-Pacific a region of peace and stability. Recognizes its role as a comprehensive partner.
US Secretary of State Blinken welcomes on arrival in Delhi
“India is a leading global power and an important partner of the Indo-Pacific and beyond that of the US,” said the fact sheet shared by the US Embassy in India with reporters. The tweet said, “Partnership is rooted in shared values, mutual interests and goodwill. Welcome US Secretary of State Blinken on his arrival in Delhi.
Ahead of his departure for India, Blinken said he looked forward to discussing with his Indian partners how to further expand cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and the Middle East. He tweeted, “New Delhi and Kuwait Leaving on my trip to the city. I look forward to discussing with US partners how to further expand cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and the Middle East.” Blinken arrived in India at around 7 pm.
There will be discussion on cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region
In a media advisory issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, it was said that Blinken will be in Delhi for a little more than 20 hours. His meeting with Jaishankar will begin at 12 noon and he will meet the Prime Minister at 4:30 pm. Blinken is scheduled to leave India at 5:30 pm. This is Blinken’s first visit to India after taking over as US Secretary of State and the third visit by a high-ranking official to the Biden administration since it came to power in January.
Before him, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited India in March and US Special Representative on Climate Change John Kerry in April. People with knowledge of the agenda of the US Secretary of State’s visit to India said that during this time there will be discussions on the rapidly changing security situation in Afghanistan and the expansion of cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region under the Quad mechanism. Such topics will be discussed in depth.
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