United States Secretary of State Antony J Blinken will visit India on July 27 and 28 to discuss a range of issues including the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and the situation in Afghanistan and the Indo-Pacific, the ministry of external affairs announced.
It will be Blinken’s first visit to India after assuming charge as the US Secretary of State and the second by a high-ranking official of the Biden administration since it came to power in January.
“US Secretary of State, Antony J Blinken, will visit India on July 27 and 28,” the MEA said.
It said Blinken will meet External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on July 28.
A statement by the US State Department said Blinken will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Secretary Blinken’s visit is an opportunity to continue the high-level bilateral dialogue and bolster the India-US global strategic partnership. Both sides will review the robust and multifaceted India-US bilateral relations, and potential for consolidating them further,” the MEA said in a statement.
“Discussions will focus on regional and global issues of mutual interest including recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indo-Pacific region, Afghanistan and cooperation in the UN,” it added.