US Secretary of State Antony Blinken plans to debate methods to attain peace and stability in Afghanistan throughout talks with Indian management subsequent week, a prime State Division official instructed reporters Friday.
Blinken, throughout his India go to subsequent week, will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Exterior Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar and talk about a variety of points together with Indo-Pacific engagement and shared regional safety pursuits.
Throughout a particular briefing, Performing Assistant Secretary Dean Thompson mentioned, “Our bilateral discussions with our Indian companions will deal with increasing our safety, protection, cyber, and counterterrorism cooperation.”
“On regional points, we intend to debate our efforts to help a simply and sturdy peace in Afghanistan. All of Afghanistan’s neighbors and international locations within the area have an curiosity in a peaceable, safe, and steady Afghanistan, which may solely be achieved via a negotiated political settlement that brings an finish to 40 years of battle. India, after all, is a vital associate within the area, and we welcome India’s shared dedication to peace and supporting financial improvement in Afghanistan.”
Underscoring the significance of the Indo-Pacific area, Dean Thompson mentioned, “We’re working with India and different mates and companions within the area to advance this shared imaginative and prescient of the Indo-Pacific. Importantly, we’ll additionally talk about our well being collaboration to fight COVID-19, together with the Quad vaccine partnership that was first introduced throughout President Biden’s Quad summit.”
On the problem of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Assistant Secretary mentioned, america and India are additionally working urgently towards our shared purpose of overcoming the pandemic.
“We’re assured that via our mixed efforts, together with via the Quad vaccine partnership and the G7-plus vaccine dedication, we can share vaccines – secure and efficient vaccines – to the Indo-Pacific area and the world.”
Answering a query on whether or not Afghanistan could be on the agenda throughout Blinken’s go to, Thompson mentioned the US “will definitely be taking a look at speaking with our Indian companions” about how each international locations can work collectively to appreciate steady and safe Afghanistan.
“We anticipate that every one the international locations within the area have a shared curiosity in a steady and safe Afghanistan going ahead, and so we will definitely be taking a look at speaking with our Indian companions about how we will work collectively to appreciate that purpose, to search out methods to convey the events collectively and proceed to pursue a negotiated settlement to finish the longstanding warfare,” Mr Thompson mentioned.
Over the character of India-US ties since Biden got here into energy, Assistant Secretary mentioned,”… it is truthful to say that we see the connection persevering with at a really excessive degree, and India will, after all, stay an extremely essential associate.”
“We’ll proceed pursuing our international complete strategic partnership, and I feel by advantage of the President making the Quad and our partnership with India very excessive priorities proper on the outset of this administration, it units the tone for what we predict we will obtain and attain with them, and with our different companions as properly.”
In accordance with an announcement by US State Division, Secretary Blinken will meet EAM Jaishankar and PM Modi on July 28 to debate a variety of points. This shall be Blinken’s first go to to India after assuming cost as US Secretary of State.
Ministry of Exterior Affairs mentioned in an announcement that Secretary Blinken’s go to is a chance to proceed the high-level bilateral dialogue and bolster the India-US international strategic partnership.
“Either side will assessment the sturdy and multifaceted India-US bilateral relations, and potential for consolidating them additional. Discussions will deal with regional and international problems with mutual curiosity – together with restoration from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indo-Pacific area, Afghanistan and cooperation within the United Nations,” it mentioned.
The go to holds significance as Afghanistan is witnessing a surge in violence because the Taliban has intensified its offensive in opposition to Afghan forces and civilians with the whole pullback of overseas forces only a few weeks away.
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