U.S. Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken will visit India today. This is Antony J. Blinken’s first visit to India after assuming charge as U.S. Secretary of State. On 28 July, he will meet the External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S Jaishankar, and the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
‘’Wheels up for my trip to New Delhi and Kuwait City. I look forward to consultations with our partners to further cooperation in support of our shared interests in the Indo-Pacific and the Middle East,’’ U.S. Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken tweeted.
The visit of Secretary Blinken is a good opportunity to continue high-level bilateral discussions and strengthen the India-US global strategic relationship. Both sides will assess the robust and multifaceted bilateral relations between India and the United States, as well as the prospects for further strengthening them.
The focus of the discussions will be on regional and global issues of mutual interest, including the Indo-Pacific region, COVID-19 pandemic, Afghanistan, and cooperation in the UN (United Nations).
Blinken’s visit reciprocates the visit to the US by External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar in May this year.
This year, Antony Blinken is the third US official to visit India after US Secretary of Defence Lloyd J Austin and US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry.
Earlier, in April, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Change John Kerry visited India and met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Environment Minister to discuss net-zero carbon emissions.
U.S. Secretary of Defence Lloyd James Austin visited India in March where he reiterated the U.S. Government’s commitment to further enhance the bilateral defence relations between both nations. He also expressed the United state’s strong desire to strengthen the strategic partnership for peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.