The hallmark of the growing relations between India and America was seen during the meeting of the foreign ministers of the two countries in Delhi on Wednesday. During this, issues of Afghanistan, Indo-Pacific region strategy, Corona crisis and regional security were discussed. In this meeting, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that there will be few relationships in the world as important as those of America and India. As the world’s main democracies, we look forward to freedom, equality and opportunity for our people, he said. He said that the relationship between America and India will change the world in the 21st century and beyond. That is why relations with India are a top priority of America’s foreign policy.
Referring to Afghanistan, Blinken said India and the US are committed to the concept that there is no military solution to the conflict in that country. He stressed that a peaceful solution would require the Taliban and the Afghan government to come to the negotiating table. “We (India and the US) have a firm agreement that any future government in Afghanistan should be inclusive and fully representative of the Afghan people,” he said. Ultimately it should be an Afghan policy and an Afghan-owned peace process.
He said that India has made and will continue to contribute significantly to the stability and development of Afghanistan. Jaishankar said that this dialogue has taken place at such an important stage when there is a need for effective resolution of important global and regional challenges. “Our bilateral partnership has grown to such an extent that it enables us to tackle larger issues together,” he said. He said that the corona virus epidemic is naturally a special priority. He said, ‘We discussed the travel challenges arising out of Kovid.’ Jaishankar said, ‘Our eyes are on Afghanistan, the Indo-Pacific and the Gulf region. In the context of Afghanistan, he said that the world wants to see a free, sovereign, democratic and stable Afghanistan.