Washington: Secretary of the United States of America, Antony Blinken, is set to raise issues of democracy and human rights with Indian officials during his first visit to New Delhi next week as the two countries have more values in common on those fronts than otherwise, as per a senior US official.
Blinken is set to arrive in New Delhi late on July 27.
During his stay in India, Blinken will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar too. The Ministry of External Affairs also confirmed in New Delhi that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will also meet Bilinken.
Secretary Blinken’s visit is an opportunity to continue the high-level bilateral dialogue and bolster the India-US global strategic partnership, the MEA said in a statement.
Both sides will review the robust and multifaceted India-US bilateral relations, and potential for consolidating them further.
Several issues of regional and global interest will be discussed between the two sides the ministry said.
“Discussions will focus on regional and global issues of mutual interest – including recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indo-Pacific region, Afghanistan, and cooperation in the UN,” the statement read.
The visit comes at a time when the Taliban has gained a strong foothold in Afghanistan amid the troop withdrawal by the US which has sparked fears of a new geo-political challenge in the Indian subcontinent.
The two sides will also discuss issues relating to the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD) a coalition of India, US, Australia and Japan.
During the past week, the Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Chin later this month.
Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin will be in Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines in the next week amid rising tensions with China in the South China Sea.