Afghanistan, Pak subsidized terror, COVID-19 on schedule throughout Blinken's visit to India

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

The implications of a US troop withdrawal due to the security situation in Afghanistan and the need to pressure Pakistan to finance terrorism and terrorist havens and terrorism will be on the agenda of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who will visit India this week on condition of anonymity, on Sunday.

The two aspects are predicted to speak about methods to deepen defence collaboration, which includes exercises, defence transfers and technologies, as a part of arrangements for the fourth 2+2 talk of defence and overseas ministers to be held withinside the US later this year, the said.

Blinken is the third senior Biden administration official to visit India since Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in March and Special Climate President John Kerry in April. During the two-day visit, he will meet on July 28 in New Delhi with Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The situation in Afghanistan is expected to become one of the main topics in negotiations between Blinken and his Indian colleagues, as the security situation in the country deteriorates rapidly after the Taliban advance to conquer and cross important borders with Pakistan, Iran and Uzbekistan.

India is concerned about the spread of instability in Afghanistan to parts of the region, and Pakistani terrorists from Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-mohammed are now fighting alongside the Taliban, focusing on Kashmir.

One of the people mentioned above said:"On the regional security situation, the implications of the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, and the need for sustained pressure on Pakistan over terror financing and terror havens will be part of the agenda."

India attaches great importance to Blinken's visit, which will provide an opportunity to continue dialogue with the United States on bilateral and regional issues, as well as discuss the Covid-19 crisis and other international developments. With regard to COVID-19, the public has said it will be discussing the pandemic, the supply of vaccine feedstocks, and efforts to revive the economy.

"India will continue to push for ensuring open and consistent supply chains for materials and items needed for vaccine production, as the country ramps up production for both domestic vaccination and global supplies thereafter,"Said the person quoted above.

It will also require a sustainable supply chain for essential drugs and medical equipment.

The Indian side will also push for a gradual resumption of international travel while maintaining medical protocols, in particular to facilitate the movement of students, professionals and business travelers, and to facilitate travel for family reunification and humanitarian issues. Both sides will discuss ways to increase their participation in four- or four-dimensional security dialogues, including meeting with the foreign ministers of India, Australia, Japan and the United States later this year.

The two countries will continue the Quad Vaccine partnership, which began at the group's first virtual summit in March, to expedite the delivery of the Indian Covid-19 vaccine to the Indo-Pacific countries starting in early 2022.

Both countries will exchange their assessment of the Indo-Pacific region, with a focus on COVID-19 relief, economic slowdown and security scenarios. It will also touch on current affairs in West and Central Asia. Blinken's visit to India is the first since taking office and is a response to Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar's visit to the United States in May. Ministers met in the UK during the G7 summit and in Italy during the G20 summit.

Other topics that are likely to be discussed are the growth of trade and investment, and seizing opportunities in health, education, digitization, innovation and security. Climate change will be a key area, especially in environmental cooperation, climate finance and the potential for the transfer of clean technologies to developing countries.


 

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