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US Secretary Of State To Visit India Next Week, Will Meet PM Modi

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US Secretary Of State To Visit India Next Week, Will Meet PM Modi

Antony Blinken will visit India from July 27-28 (File)

New Delhi:

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will arrive in India on Tuesday and will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, the government announced on Friday.

It will be Mr Blinken’s first visit to India after assuming charge as US Secretary of State after US President Joe Biden’s election.

He will meet Mr Jaishankar, the External Affairs Minister, and Ajit Doval, the National Security Adviser on Wednesday.

“Secretary Blinken’s visit is an opportunity to continue the high-level bilateral dialogue and bolster the India-US global strategic partnership,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

“Both sides will review the robust and multifaceted India-US bilateral relations, and potential for consolidating them further,” it said.

“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,” the statement added.

In addition to his trip to New Delhi, Mr Blinken will also travel to Kuwait City during his foreign trip from July 26 to 29, which US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said is to reaffirm America’s commitment to strengthening partnerships and underscore cooperation on their shared priorities.

“In New Delhi on July 28, Secretary Blinken will meet External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss a wide range of issues, including continued cooperation on COVID-19 response efforts, Indo-Pacific engagement, shared regional security interests, shared democratic values and addressing the climate crisis,” Mr Price said.

“Blinken will travel on July 28 to Kuwait City where he will meet with senior Kuwaiti officials to continue discussions of key bilateral issues that underscore the importance of our 60 years of diplomatic ties,” he said.