Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar discussed travel challenges during pandemic

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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The News Cover: u.s secretary of state Anthony blinked met with, the Indian external affairs minister sj Shankar today as the two countries aimed to enhance cooperation on a range of issues. in focus was the security situation in "Afghanistan both India" and we have backed a peace process, that is afghan-led and afghan owned but the rise in violence in the country. has sent alarm bells ringing both sides remained committed to a free and stable Afghanistan, without the Taliban taking over the country regarding Afghanistan. it is essential that peace negotiations are taken seriously by all parties, the world wishes to see an independent sovereign democratic and stable Afghanistan. at peace with itself and with its neighbors but its independence and sovereignty will only be ensured if it is free from malign influences, first as I noted we remain very much engaged in Afghanistan in support of the government. 

through the various forms of assistance, we're providing including to the security forces as well as the diplomacy that we're engaged in to try to bring the parties together in a meaningful way to resolve. the conflict peacefully and ultimately an Afghanistan that does not respect. the rights of its people an Afghanistan that commits atrocities against its own people would become a pariah state also a key focus. area was the indo-pacific with the two leaders stressing on their commitment to a free and prosperous indo-pacific and president Biden feels a deep personal commitment to making our friendship with India as strong and as effective as it can be we believe this partnership. will be critical for delivering stability and prosperity in the indo-pacific region and beyond in a globalized world today you know India has interests far beyond its immediate borders, certainly, we have interest in the Indian ocean in the pacific ocean in the indo-pacific our major trade partners are there our major trade routes are there our political partners are there we have big community interests. 

I mean any parameter you use you know it's very visible that India has an interest in the indo-pacific, the rise of the court was another crucial topic of discussion. the u.s and India are part of the cord regional alliance that includes japan and Australia the alliance is a move to counter china's growing economic and military strength and ensure a free and open indo-pacific, what the quad is actually quite simple. but as important as it is simple four like-minded countries India the united states, japan, Australia, coming together to work collectively, on some of the most important issues of our time that are going to have a real impact on the lives of our people and to do it in a way that hopefully ensures a free and open indo-pacific region and peace security and prosperity for the people of that region. so what we're doing together is coordinating pooling our resources pooling our thinking and actively collaborating on a whole variety of issues. 

that have an impact on the lives of our people on covid19, and the vaccine initiative that we took with the first leaders meeting that took place just a few months ago. the two sides also lauded their cooperation during the covid 19 pandemic jaishankar and lincoln both thanked each other, for the assistance that the two sides have received to deal with the crisis. let me first acknowledge the responsiveness of the Biden administration to keeping the raw materials supply chain open for vaccine production in India, and then say a big thanks for the support. we received during the Covid second wave from the united states. support that I would say was truly exceptional Washington has long viewed New Delhi as a key partner and the Biden administration has focused on India u.s ties since taking charge blinken is the third Biden administration official to visit India in the last six months after defense secretary Lloyd Austin and climate on royal jean Kerry and our principal diplomatic correspondent than sival has been getting us all these updates and monitoring that visit very closely. 

aside if you can elaborate, on the key takeaways from the discussions on the Afghan security situation between the two leaders well yes Afghanistan. the top the priority, when it comes to the conversation whether it's with em dr SJ Shankar or whether it's with nsa aj Duval but at the press statement there was quite a bit elaboration on how both sides are converging, in fact, the Indian external affairs minister did point out that there is considerable convergence between Washington and New Delhi. when it comes to the evolving Afghan situation and what interesting point was made by the em was that India doesn't want that there are terror safe havens in Afghanistan or neither Afghanistan should become a source of refugees and this is for the first time that India has talked about the refugee crisis which has been a worry as well for the regional countries. this has been very for the European Union as well which has publicly talked about it but India is another country that has now publicly talked about the refugee crisis that might start because of the increased violence level in Afghanistan because the Taliban is making territorial gains. 

but the message was a clear message, was that if you try to grab power through violence this is something that will not be accepted and both sides publicly said that there should be talks between the Afghan government and Taliban, in fact, there are talks which are happening the inter afghan talks in Doha but the process is very slow and it looks like Taliban is trying to buy the time they, of course, have been talking about the release of their prisoners approximately seven thousand Taliban prisoners in the Afghan government's custody while the Afghan government has been talking about the ceasefire which is required so that there is less impact on the civilians so it is a power-sharing agreement. which both sides and regional countries and Washington are looking for a power-sharing between Taliban and the Afghan government but will it happen is a big question given that the on-ground Taliban is making gains and it would not like to have a power-sharing agreement when it believes that it is very close to Kabul nonetheless so that remains a key worry for the regional countries and both India and u.s have in fact voiced their concerns from here from new Delhi something that the Kabul will be keenly noting.

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