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Secretary Of State On Covid

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“We are united in confronting COVID-19 together,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated.

Washington:

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday held wide-ranging talks together with his counterpart Antony Blinken and thanked the Biden administration for its “strong support and solidarity” with India at a second of “great difficulty” for the nation in combating the lethal COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Jaishankar, who’s on an official journey to the US, is the primary Indian Cabinet minister to go to the nation since Joe Biden turned US President on January 20.

Mr Blinken stated within the early days of COVID-19, India was there for the US, one thing which the nation “will never forget”.

“Now we want to make sure that we are there for and with India,” he stated.

Addressing reporters right here on the State Department, Mr Jaishankar stated, “We’ve a lot of issues to discuss. I think our relations have grown stronger over the years and I’m very confident that it’ll continue to do so. I want to express our gratitude to the administration and US for strong support and solidarity at the moment of great difficulty for us.”

Mr Blinken stated the US and India are working collectively on many vital challenges of “our time”.

“We are united in confronting COVID-19 together,” he stated.

“The partnership between the US and India is vital, strong, and I think it is increasingly productive,” Mr Blinken added.

Earlier within the day, Mr Jaishankar met US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin throughout which they mentioned additional creating strategic and defence partnership between the 2 international locations and exchanged views on “contemporary security challenges”.

“A warm meeting with US @SecDef Lloyd Austin. A comprehensive conversation about further developing our strategic and defence partnership,” he tweeted after the assembly, sharing {a photograph} of them collectively.

Mr Jaishankar additional stated they exchanged views on “contemporary security challenges”.

The two leaders are anticipated to have mentioned the scenario within the strategic Indo-Pacific area the place China has been more and more flexing its army muscle groups.

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