Talks have further solidified Indo-U.S. partnership, enlarged agenda of cooperation, says Jaishankar
Jaishankar, who’s on an official journey to the US, held conferences along with his counterpart Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin.
The talks between India and the United States have further solidified the strategic partnership and enlarged bilateral agenda of cooperation, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar stated on Saturday.
Mr. Jaishankar, who’s on an official journey to the US, held conferences along with his counterpart Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin.
“Today’s talks have further solidified our strategic partnership and enlarged our agenda of cooperation,”Mr. Jaishankar stated in a tweet after concluding his conferences with Mr. Austin and Mr. Blinken.
“Pleasure to meet Secretary Blinken. A productive discussion on various aspects of our bilateral cooperation as well as regional and global issues. Covered Indo-Pacific and the Quad, Afghanistan, Myanmar, UNSC matters and other international organizations,” he stated.
The Minister stated additionally they targeted on Indo-US vaccine partnership geared toward increasing entry and making certain provide.
“Appreciated strong solidarity expressed by US at this time,” he stated.
Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Dean Thompson, in a convention name with reporters, stated Mr. Jaishankar’s go to showcased the breadth and depth of the connection with India, which the US administration views as one of a very powerful partnerships within the area and the world.
“Today’s meeting between Secretary Blinken and Minister Jaishankar demonstrates our deep commitment to the partnership and to strengthening it in the years to come,” he stated.
The newest COVID-19 disaster, Mr. Thompson stated, has solely strengthened the dedication to working collectively on COVID response, which will probably be important to serving to the world get better from the pandemic. Expanding to manufacturing of secure and efficient COVID-19 vaccines is a high precedence for each the United States and India, he stated.
“Together with our QUAD partners Japan and Australia., we are continuing to identify options for cooperation in the areas of vaccine manufacturing capacity in India, as well as COVID-19 vaccine administration and delivery across the Indo-Pacific region,” he stated, including that the assembly additionally had dialog on international vaccine distribution and addressing worldwide shortages of crucial inputs for vaccine manufacturing.
“The United States and India have also strengthened our cooperation in the region. Over the course of the past year, we have worked together to address a range of regional issues such as China, Burma and Afghanistan. On China, we shared concerns about Southern China’s problematic activities in the region, and it becomes increasingly like minded on these issues,” Mr. Thompson stated.
On the navy coup in Burma, the U.S. and India have referred to as for an finish to the violence, urged the discharge of political prisoners, and referred to as for the restoration of democracy.
“On Afghanistan, we have long shared the view that a ‘peaceful, stable Afghanistan’ is in our mutual interest. We need to continue working together and with the region to press for political settlements and the conflict there. We are also pleased with the scope of our QUAD cooperation, building on the historic leader level summit earlier this year,” the Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs added.