US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held talks with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval on Wednesday on a variety of bilateral and regional issues with a focus on taking the relationship to the “next level.”
The rapidly evolving situation in Afghanistan, as well as the Indo-Pacific engagement, is known to feature in the nearly hour-long talks.
The sources said both sides discussed important strategic issues in sectors related to security, defense, economy and technology, adding that special attention was paid to long-term measures to take the relationship to the next level.
Opinions were also exchanged on contemporary and futuristic issues related to regional and global security, they said.
Blinken arrived here Tuesday night on a two-day visit with an extensive agenda presenting the rapidly evolving security situation in Afghanistan, driving Indo-Pacific engagement, and ways to enhance COVID-19 response efforts, including others.
It is Blinken’s first visit to India after assuming office as US secretary of state and the third by a senior official in the Biden administration after he took office in January.
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited India in March, while US Special Envoy for Climate Change John Kerry traveled to New Delhi in April.
Blinken later held extensive discussions with Foreign Minister S Jaishankar on an agenda that included the rapidly evolving security situation in Afghanistan, ways to boost Indo-Pacific engagement, and enhance COVID-response efforts. 19, among others.
Blinken began his engagements in India in the morning with a meeting with various civil society leaders.
After the meeting, Blinken said on Twitter that the United States and India share a commitment to democratic values and it is part of the foundation of the relationship and reflects the pluralistic society of India.
“I was pleased to meet civil society leaders today. The United States and India share a commitment to democratic values; this is part of the foundation of our relationship and reflects India’s pluralistic society and history of harmony. Society civil helps promote these values. ” he said.
Delhi: US Secy of State Antony Blinken met with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval today
They discussed important strategic issues in the security, defense, economic and technology sectors. Special attention was paid to long-term measures to take the relationship to the next level: government officials pic.twitter.com/STdbMZg0Vw
– ANI (@ANI) July 28, 2021
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