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S Jaishankar, Anthony Blinken reaffirm India-US cooperation in combating COVID-19-India Information , Joyful Easterday

Addressing the press earlier than the assembly, Blinken reiterated that the US will ‘always remember’ India’s assist when it was crippled by the pandemic in 2020

S Jaishankar and Anthony Blinken met to debate COVID-19 cooperation on Friday. Twitter@SJaishankar

Preventing a joint battle in opposition to the COVID-19 pandemic and boosting vaccine cooperation have been the reigning factors of debate within the assembly between Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Friday (native time).

Addressing the press earlier than the assembly, Blinken affirmed the US’ assist for India to fight the second COVID-19 wave. He reiterated the Biden administration’s message that the US will “always remember” that India had prolonged assist when it was crippled by the pandemic in 2020.

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“We all know, we keep in mind, within the earlier days of COVID, India was there for the US… one thing we’ll always remember. Now we wish to make certain we’re there for and with India,” he stated in reference to the overburdening of the healthcare system that India confronted when the second wave was at its peak in April and Might.

“The USA and India are working collectively on so a lot of an important challenges of our time and ones which might be placing a profound impression on our lives,” he added.

Hailing the bilateral partnership between the 2 nations, Blinken stated that the US and India are “united” in opposition to COVID-19 and local weather change via the Quad partnership and the United Nations.

“The partnership between the US and India is significant. It’s sturdy. And I feel it’s more and more predominant,” he stated.

Jaishankar, who’s the primary Indian Cupboard minister to go to the US after Joe Biden grew to become the president in January 2021, added, “We’ve plenty of points to debate. I feel our relationships have grown stronger through the years and I am very assured that it’ll proceed to take action. I wish to specific our gratitude to the administration and US for sturdy assist and solidarity in the meanwhile of nice issue for us.”

The Hindu reported that private and non-private corporations, and residents within the US have raised over $500 million in help to India for the reason that second COVID-19 wave hit the nation.

Friday’s assembly between Jaishankar and Blinken was the second after they met on 3 Might in London.

After the assembly, the US state division issued a press release saying that the 2 officers mentioned a “broad” vary of points, together with COVID-19 aid, efforts to strengthen Indo-Pacific cooperation via the Quad partnership, and a shared dedication to combating local weather disaster.

Blinken and Jaishankar additionally mentioned regional developments, the coup in Myanmar and persevering with assist for Afghanistan, State Division spokesperson Ned Value stated. He added that the 2 leaders pledged to proceed their cooperation on shared financial and regional safety priorities.

Performing Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Dean Thompson earlier informed reporters that the assembly demonstrated the US’ deep dedication to the partnership and to strengthening it within the years to come back.

The assembly between Blinken and Jaishankar, one of many first in-person visits that we’ve had in Washington for the reason that starting of the pandemic, showcased the breadth and depth of our relationship with India, which we view as one of the crucial necessary partnerships within the area and the world, Thompson was quoted as saying by PTI.

With inputs from businesses

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Updated: May 29, 2021 — 4:33 am

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