In yet another round of engagement with the US President Joe Biden administration, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar spoke to newly appointed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during which they expressed commitment to consolidate and expand the India-United States strategic partnership and reiterated commitment to peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Jaishankar and Blinken appreciated the robust defence and security ties, growing economic engagement, productive health-care collaboration and strong people-to-people linkages between the two nations.
Warm conversation with Secretary of State @SecBlinken. Congratulated him on his appointment. Look forward to working with him again. Agreed that we could build further on the solid foundation of our partnership. Also discussed our efforts at combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) January 29, 2021
‘Recognising the challenges of a post-Covid world, they agreed to work together to address global issues, including safe and affordable vaccine supply.
‘They also reiterated their commitment to peace and security, especially in the Indo-Pacific region,’ the MEA said in a statement. It said Jaishankar and Blinken expressed their commitment to consolidate and expand the ‘multi-faceted strategic partnership’.
‘The external affairs minister warmly congratulated Secretary Blinken on his appointment and wished him success in his new responsibilities,’ it said.
It may be recalled that The Joe Biden administration began formal engagement with top Indian leaders earlier with Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan holding telephonic conversation with their Indian counterparts, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and NSA Ajit Doval.