Jaishankar, Blinken discuss ways to strengthen shared economic, security and geopolitical goals

US secretary of state Antony Blinken, during a press conference with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar, said the two countries have “the most consequential partnership” in the world.

He said both countries have made significant progress in elevating their partnership through organisations like QUAD, the G20, and other global organisations, including at the United Nations. India’s takeover of the G20 presidency in December this year is a way to drive more global cooperation and action, he added.

During their bilateral meeting on Tuesday, Blinken and Jaishankar discussed how both countries could achieve their economic, geopolitical, and security goals, including strengthening the India-US partnership.

Blinken referred to this alliance as an essential need to address every political challenge that people face, including climate change, health, and food security.

Blinken said, “Over the past years, we have made real progress in elevating that partnership bilaterally that is directly between us through institutions like the QUAD and the G-20 and in international organisations, including at the United Nations.”

Jaishankar stated that the scope and depth of the US-India relationship have grown significantly, PTI reported. The Indian external affairs minister specifically mentioned that his conversation with Blinken also included a discussion on the turmoil in Ukraine and the Indo-Pacific situation.