Ties based on ‘fundamental convergences’: S Jaishankar on India-US relations

By Hindustan times

India and the US are united in tackling terror and backing regional connectivity through the transparent development of infrastructure that respects sovereignty, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said on Thursday.

The two countries stand united in opposing terrorist safe havens, countering terror financing and strengthening cooperation against terrorist threats from groups, “including those in our immediate neighbourhood”, Jaishankar said in an indirect reference to Pakistan.

He made the remarks in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on India-US relations, a day after his wide-ranging talks with visiting US secretary of state Antony Blinken that focussed on the situation in Afghanistan, cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and post-Covid recovery.

Jaishankar described the India-US partnership as one of the major relationships in the world based on “fundamental convergences”. Both sides are committed to tackling contemporary challenges such as terrorism, climate change and pandemics, he added.

Without naming China, Jaishankar also said India and the US are committed to freedom of navigation, overflight and commerce throughout the region and the need to resolve territorial and maritime disputes peacefully and in accordance with international law.

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