Highlights:

  • US Secretary of State Blinken will have a conversation with the external minister of India
  • The focus of the visit is likely to be on the present situation in Afghanistan, the Indo-Pacific, and the Quad.

In the coming week, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit India. This will be the second time that some official from the Biden administration to visit Delhi this year. Previously this year, General (Retd.) Lloyd J. Austin, the US Secretary of Defense, visited New Delhi and met with his counterpart as well as key Indian dignitaries, including Prime Minister Modi.

This time, Blinken will meet with India’s External Affairs Minister Jaishankar. Both Blinken and Jaishankar had previously met on the grounds of the G7 foreign ministers meeting in London, during EAM’s bilateral visit to the United States, and on the sidelines of the G20 foreign ministers meeting in Italy.

The main priority of the visit is likely to talk about the present situation in Afghanistan, the Indo-Pacific, and the Quad. The Biden administration is eager to hold an in-person Quad (India, the United States, Australia, and Japan) leadership meeting later this year. Depending on the present state of the Covid, Indian Prime Minister Modi will travel to Washington.

However, as the Taliban gains territory in Afghanistan, the situation remains a source of concern. On the subject, both parties have communicated. In fact, on the margins of the connectivity summit in Uzbekistan last week, India’s External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar met with Dy NSA Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall and US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad.

The summit featured harsh exchanges vibes between Afghanistan and Pakistan, with the former accusing Pakistan of tactically aiding the Taliban by sending militants into Afghanistan in the wake of the country’s escalating conflict.

As the second wave of COVID-19 swept the country in April 2021, Anthony Blinken was helpful in directing extra resources to India in order to help Narendra Modi’s country deal with the epidemic.

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