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US State Secretary Antony Blinken arrives in India for 2+2 dialogue

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on his arrival in New Delhi to co-chair the fifth India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue. X

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has arrived in New Delhi to co-chair the fifth India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue.

Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated Blinken’s go to will additional increase the India-US Complete World Strategic Partnership.

“A warm welcome to US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken as he arrives in New Delhi to co-chair the 5th India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue. The visit will give a further boost to the India-US Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership!” Bagchi wrote on ‘X’.

Earlier on Thursday, US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin additionally arrived in New Delhi for a two-day go to to attend the India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue. He was acquired by his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh. Following his India go to, Austin can be travelling to Korea, and Indonesia as nicely. This can be his ninth go to to the Indo-Pacific.

Austin was additionally given a guard of honour as a mark of respect for visiting US Secretary of Defence.

“Wheels up at @Andrews_JBA en route to India, the Republic of Korea and Indonesia,” the Defence Secretary posted on social media platform X (previously Twitter).

“My 9th visit to the Indo-Pacific comes as the US, along with our allies and partners, continue to make historic progress toward a shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific,” he added.

The US State Division’s Principal deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel, whereas talking on Blinken’s go to to India, stated: “India is a country that we have a deep partnership with. He (Blinken) will be going for the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue along with Secretary of Defence Lloyd J. Austin. So I expect, of course, that deepening this security cooperation in partnership, will be, one of the many topics that are discussed.”

“It was something that was obviously raised during Prime Minister Modi’s state visit earlier this year. And I know the secretary looks forward to being there and in engaging directly, with his counterparts on this. But I will let the trip take place before we talk more about it,” he added.

The dialogue will present a platform for top-level discussions between the US and India, addressing important bilateral and world issues, with particular emphasis on developments unfolding within the Indo-Pacific area.

US State Secretary Blinken and Defence Secretary Austin will meet with their Indian counterparts, Minister for Exterior Affairs S Jaishankar and Minister of Protection Rajnath Singh, in addition to different senior officers.

The discussions are anticipated to embody a large spectrum of points, together with strengthening bilateral relations, addressing world issues, and selling cooperation within the Indo-Pacific.

“The delegation will meet Minister for External Affairs S Jaishankar, Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh, and other senior Indian officials to discuss both bilateral and global concerns and developments in the Indo-Pacific,” learn an official assertion by the US State Division.

The two+2 Ministerial Dialogue is a diplomatic summit held yearly since 2018, with the Minister of Exterior Affairs and the Defence Minister representing India and the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defence representing the USA.

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