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Blinken Says US, India Unite To Fight Covid-19
Reuters – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a meeting with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar Friday that their two countries were united to fight together against the covid-19 pandemic.
Jaishankar, who has spent the past week in the United States seeking help dealing with India’s coronavirus crisis, told reporters, while standing with Blinken at the State Department of the India, that he was grateful to the US administration for its strong support and solidarity.
“The partnership between the United States and India is vital, strong and I think it is increasingly productive”, Blinken said.
“We are united to face covid-19 together,” he added. “We are united in tackling the challenge posed by climate change, and we are partnering directly through Quad, other United Nations agencies, to address many of the challenges we face in the region and across the country. the world.
Jaishankar said India appreciates the United States for its “strong support and solidarity at a time of great difficulty for us.”
Ties between the United States and India have grown stronger in recent years amid shared concerns about China’s rise, and they have strengthened cooperation through a group of four countries known as the name Quad, which also implies Australia and Japan.
U.S. President Joe Biden’s Indo-Pacific Policy Coordinator Kurt Campbell said on Wednesday that the United States was considering calling an in-person Quad leaders summit in the fall, with a focus on infrastructure.
The Quad organized a first virtual summit in March and pledged to work closely on covid-19 vaccines, climate and security.