Regional security issues including Afghanistan, ways to boost Indo-Pacific engagement and enhancing COVID-19 response efforts among others were the issues that were discussed extensively between India and the US on Wednesday.
The US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and External Affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar held wide ranging talks in New Delhi at a time when critical global and regional challenges need to be addressed.
In his opening statement Dr Jaishankar told the media persons that “The India-US bilateral ties have enhanced to a level that enables the two nations to deal collaboratively with larger issues.”
The external affairs minister in his opening statement during the joint press conference thanked the Joe Biden administration for keeping the supply chains open during the global pandemic. He acknowledged the responsiveness of the Biden administration to keeping the raw material supply chains open for vaccine production in India.
In his address at the joint press conference at the end of the meeting, US Secretary of State Blinken said “President Biden’s determination is to continue to grow stronger the relationship between the US and India.”
He also stressed that the Quad Security Dialogue is not a military alliance.
What is Quad?
In his opening statement he stated that the QUAD is a body of four like minded countries that have come together to work on important issues which will have impact on the lives of the people and also to do this in a way that will ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.
He rejected the view that the QUAD is a military alliance. According to him the purpose of the QUAD is to reinforce international rules and values, stability and security in the region.