The United States secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in India on a two-day visit for talks on strengthening Indo-pacific engagement and New Delhi’s human rights record along with other issues. He touched down in New Delhi on Tuesday evening. Antony will hold bilateral talks with foreign minister S. Jaishankar on the situation in Afghanistan and the aftermath of the US troop pullout and global response towards Covid-19.
The top diplomat will meet Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, external affairs minister S. Jaishankar, and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval after assuming the office of the US Secretary of State in the Biden Administration. The agenda for the forthcoming Quad summit in October in the US will also be discussed. India is also eager to buy Predator drones from the US for national security.
India’s Jaishakar and US Blinken have met thrice and had the last meeting in the United States in May. The two leaders spoke on various issues including Covid-19 relief, efforts to strengthen Indo-Pacific cooperation through the Quad initiative, the security situation in Afghanistan combating climate change were few issues discussed.