India pre-eminent partner of US in Indo-Pacific region: Blinken to Jaishankar

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Washington: Secretary of State Tony Blinken has underscored India’s function as a pre-eminent US partner in the Indo-Pacific throughout his maiden telephonic dialog with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and mentioned methods to higher seize the brand new alternatives and fight shared challenges in the area and past.

It was Blinken’s first telephonic dialog with Jaishankar after he assumed the cost as America’s high diplomat early this week.

They mentioned points of mutual concern, together with COVID-19 vaccination efforts, regional developments and subsequent steps in increasing bilateral ties, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price mentioned on Friday.

Blinken underscored India’s function as a pre-eminent US partner in the Indo-Pacific and the significance of working collectively to increase the regional cooperation, together with via the Quad, Price mentioned.

“Both agreed to coordinate closely on global developments and look forward to meeting in person at the earliest opportunity,” Price mentioned in a readout of the decision, which was the primary communication between them after January 20 when Joe Biden was sworn in because the forty sixth President of the United States.

“I was delighted to speak today with my good friend @DrSJaishankar to discuss U.S.-India priorities. We reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-India relationship and discussed ways we can better seize new opportunities and combat shared challenges in the Indo-Pacific and beyond,” Blinken wrote on Twitter.

In New Delhi, the External Affairs Ministry mentioned Jaishankar and Blinken expressed their dedication to consolidate and increase the multi-faceted strategic partnership.

“They appreciated the robust defence and security ties, growing economic engagement, productive health-care collaboration and strong people-to-people linkages as its important pillars,” it mentioned in a press launch.

Recognising the challenges of a post-Covid world, the 2 leaders agreed to work collectively to deal with international points, together with protected and inexpensive vaccine provide. They additionally reiterated their dedication to peace and safety, particularly in the Indo-Pacific area, the discharge mentioned.

After assuming cost on the State Department, Blinken has spoken to his counterparts from over a dozen international locations together with Canada, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Britain, Japan, Germany, France, Israel and South Africa.

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