HomeCURRENT AFFAIRSEAM S Jaishankar & American counterpart Antony Blinken holds telephonic discussion

EAM S Jaishankar & American counterpart Antony Blinken holds telephonic discussion

In their first telephonic conversation, EAM S Jaishankar and his American counterpart Antony Blinken discussed ways to expand India-US ties and increase close cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region.

In a tweet, Jaishankar said it was agreed to build on the “solid foundation” of bilateral ties.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Jaishankar and Blinken appreciated the robust defence and security ties, growing economic engagement, productive healthcare collaboration and strong people-to-people linkages between the two nations.

“The external affairs minister warmly congratulated Secretary Blinken on his appointment and wished him success in his new responsibilities,” it said.

The Joe Biden administration began formal engagement with top Indian leaders on Wednesday with Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan holding telephonic conversation with their Indian counterparts, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and NSA Ajit Doval.

On August 15, Blinken participated in a panel discussion on Indo-US ties. Addressing Indian American Democrats on India’s Independence Day at the US-India Relations and Indian Americans in US President Joe Biden’s America virtual event, Blinken affirmed how Biden would be a champion of India US relations. He had said that Joe Biden sees India and the US as natural partners and that the vision, he will help to make real as the president. (ANI)

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