In first in-person meeting, Jaishankar, Blinken discuss Covid challenge

By Indian Express

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS Minister S Jaishankar met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in London in their first in-person meeting ever since the Joe Biden administration took charge in January this year. Both are in London to attend the G-7 foreign ministers’ meeting, where India has been invited as a guest country.

Jaishankar and Blinken have spoken at least four times in the past three months, twice in the last fortnight and once at the Quad foreign ministers’ meeting through video-conferencing.

“Good to meet in person my old friend @SecBlinken. Detailed discussion on the global Covid challenge, focussing on expanded vaccine production capacity and reliable supply chains,” Jaishankar tweeted.

“Expressed appreciation for the strong US support to India at this difficult time, especially oxygen and Remdesivir,” he said. Their meeting also covered other issues such as Indo-Pacific, UN Security Council, Myanmar and climate change, he said.

While this was Jaishankar’s first in-person meeting with Blinken, they have worked closely together in their previous capacities.

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