Blinken reaffirms US administration’s commitment to deepen strategic partnership with India
MEA S Jaishankar was welcomed to the US Department of State by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who underlined the Biden administration's commitment to expanding the US-India comprehensive global strategic relationship. According to his spokeswoman, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken underlined the Biden administration's commitment to deepening the US-India comprehensive global strategic partnership in his meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. Jaishankar is the first Indian Cabinet minister to visit the United States since Joe Biden was elected president on January 20. After the meeting on Friday, State Department spokeswoman Ned Price said, "Blinken welcomed Jaishankar to the Department of State, where he emphasised the US administration's commitment to expanding the US-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership." COVID-19 relief, efforts to expand Indo-Pacific cooperation through the Quad, and a shared commitment to addressing the climate catastrophe and boosting multilateral collaboration, especially at the UN Security Council, were among the topics covered by the leaders, he added. Blinken and Jaishankar also talked about regional events, the Burmese coup, and maintaining assistance for Afghanistan, according to Price, who added that the two leaders promised to keep cooperating on common economic and regional security interests. According to Dean Thompson, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, the meeting underlined "our genuine commitment to the relationship and to deepening it in the years to come."