Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday held wide-ranging talks along with his counterpart Antony Blinken and thanked the Biden administration for its “sturdy assist and solidarity” with India at a second of “nice problem” for the nation in combating the lethal COVID-19 pandemic. Jaishankar, who’s on an official journey to the US, is the primary Indian Cupboard minister to go to the nation since Joe Biden turned US President on January 20.
Blinken mentioned within the early days of COVID-19, India was there for the US, one thing which the nation “will always remember”.
“Now we wish to guarantee that we’re there for and with India,” he mentioned.
Addressing reporters on the State Division, Jaishankar mentioned, “We have numerous points to debate. I believe our relationships have grown stronger through the years and I am very assured that it will proceed to take action. I wish to specific our gratitude to the administration and US for sturdy assist and solidarity in the mean time of nice problem for us.”
Blinken mentioned the US and India are working collectively on many essential challenges of “our time”.
“We’re united in confronting COVID-19 collectively,” he mentioned.
“The partnership between the US and India is significant, sturdy, and I believe it’s more and more productive,” Blinken added.
Earlier within the day, Jaishankar met US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin throughout which they mentioned additional growing strategic and defence partnership between the 2 international locations and exchanged views on “modern safety challenges”.
“A heat assembly with US @SecDef Lloyd Austin. A complete dialog about additional growing our strategic and defence partnership,” he tweeted after the assembly, sharing a photograph of them collectively.
Jaishankar additional mentioned they exchanged views on “modern safety challenges”.
The 2 leaders are anticipated to have mentioned the state of affairs within the strategic Indo-Pacific area the place China has been more and more flexing its navy muscle groups.
(With PTI inputs)