US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken may visit India next week to discuss issues ranging from the Indo-Pacific region to Afghanistan with Foreign Minister S Jaishankar.
During the meeting, the Quad action plan, before the first physical summit, should be included in the discussion. Apart from that, developments in Afghanistan amid the rise of the Taliban and the Doha peace talks should feature during Blinken’s trip.
Vaccine supplies from US pharmaceutical giants in India are also to be discussed, according to reports.
Blinken’s inaugural visit to India is also expected to help prepare for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s planned bilateral visit to the United States in the coming months.
This will be Blinken’s fourth meeting with Jaishankar. The two had met in London on the sidelines of the G-7 foreign ministers meeting, in Italy on the sidelines of the G-20 foreign ministers meeting, as well as when Jaishankar visited United States for bilateral travel.
During their last meeting in Italy, the two ministers mentioned the Indo-Pacific region where China had strengthened its influence in addition to the Afghan situation.
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