US Secretary of State Antony Blinken touched down in New Delhi on Tuesday night on a two-day go to.

The prime US diplomat would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, exterior affairs minister S Jaishankar in addition to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval throughout his maiden go to to India after assuming the workplace of the US Secretary of State in Biden Administration.

Blinken and Jaishankar are anticipated to speak on a range of issues, together with the safety disaster in Afghanistan within the aftermath of the US troop pullout, China’s assertiveness within the Indo-Pacific area and coordinated Covid-19 response.

The agenda of the forthcoming Quad summit within the US in October may even be mentioned.

The two international locations are anticipated to deepen their bilateral cooperation with India set to purchase Predator drones from the US for nationwide safety.

Jaishankar and Blinken have met thrice previously 12 months, with the newest coinciding with the Indian overseas minister’s go to to the United States in May.

During the go to, the 2 leaders spoke on a variety of points, together with Covid-19 reduction, efforts to strengthen Indo-Pacific cooperation by way of the Quad initiative, the safety scenario in Afghanistan and combatting local weather change, amongst others.

Blinken can be the third high-ranking official of the Biden Administration to go to India after US Secretary of Defence Llyod J Austin flew to New Delhi in March, adopted by particular envoy for local weather change John Kerry in April.

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