Secretary of State S Jaishankar said on Monday that he held a discussion with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on various issues, including the ongoing war in Ukraine, the situation in Afghanistan, challenges related to the Indo-Pacific region and a series of key bilateral issues .
He made his statement after the fourth India-US 2+2 ministerial dialogue, saying: “A large part of my meeting with Minister Blinken in the morning went to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine which has many consequences. Even countries far away are concerned about food security, energy security and commodity prices and disruption of logistics.”
“This is in addition to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that the world has struggled with for the past two years. Beyond public health concerns and its economic impact, it has raised concerns about the need for resilient and reliable supply chains. he added.
Mr Jaishankar informed India and the US that he was also discussing ways to ensure a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific. “How to ensure a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific was also on our agenda today. We spoke about developments in and around Afghanistan that have made their ripple feel outside. Our conversations also covered the recent events in the Indian subcontinent “, he said. said.
A strategic partnership like that between India and the US, said Mr. Jaishankar, is built through shared interest, common values and constant nurturing. “It’s natural that each of us will bring our specific perspectives, experiences and priorities into the relationship.”
“But when there is a mutual appreciation for ties, there is also a desire to better understand each other’s thinking. Our dialogue today has helped in that regard,” he added.
The minister called the “report map” of India-US bilateral relations impressive, noted that great progress has been made in defense relations between the two countries, and also appreciated the counter-terrorism and maritime security ties.
Regarding economic ties, Mr Jaishankar said that both trade and investment are growing steadily.
“The economic side of the story is particularly important. Both trade and investment are growing steadily. We’ve had discussions on both, but also on connecting, infrastructure, digital issues, climate action and energy. Our shared activities in space, science and technology and health are also noteworthy. We see our collaboration as having greater relevance to the Indo-Pacific.”
In a changing world, Jaishankar said India-US ties have not only kept pace, but have emerged as major contributors to great peace, stability and prosperity.
“The foundation of our relationship is the human element. It could be the students who come to universities. The flow of talent that defines our knowledge partnership or even the technology and business relationships that drive innovation,” he added.
The minister also said that the challenges in the Indo-Pacific have been given special attention in the discussions. “We appreciate the attention and energy the US has put into the Quad. Its raising and intensification will benefit the entire Indo-Pacific.”
US-India 2+2 ministerial dialogue between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Dr. S Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh took place in Washington today.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a virtual meeting with United States President Joe Biden today at which both leaders had an extensive exchange of views on various regional and global issues, such as the situation in Ukraine and the Indo-Pacific region.
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