Jaishankar, Blinken meet to discuss “full range of issues”

Jaishankar and Blinken discussed “ a full range of issues” under their partnership.

Staff Reporter

S Jaishankar and Antony Blinken / S Jaishankar/X

India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met in Washington DC on September 28. They discussed “ a full range of issues” under their partnership, the State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller said after the meeting.

According to Miller, “key outcomes of India’s G20 presidency, and the creation of the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor and its potential to generate transparent, sustainable, and high-standard infrastructure investments,” were discussed at the meeting.

“The Secretary and the External Affairs Minister also emphasized the continued importance of cooperation ahead of the upcoming 2+2 Dialogue, in particular in the areas of defense, space, and clean energy,” he said.

“Great to meet my friend US Secretary of State @SecBlinken at the State Department today. A wide-ranging discussion, following up on PM @narendramodi’s June visit. Also exchanged notes on global developments. Laid the groundwork of our 2+2 meeting very soon,” Jaishankar posted on X.

Neither side mentioned if India’s ongoing diplomatic row with Canada, over the killing of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, was discussed during the meeting. However, the US government has consistently called for a “full” investigation to be carried out regarding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations against India.