On Thursday (local time), US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on their joint efforts to promote a free, open, safe, and prosperous Indo-Pacific.
“Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar today to discuss regional priorities, including the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Ukraine and our joint efforts to promote a free, open, secure, and prosperous Indo-Pacific in which all states’ sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement. On April 11, India and the United States will conduct a two-plus-two conversation in Washington.
EAM Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will meet with their counterparts, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. Other discussions would take place on the sidelines between Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh.
The latest 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue between the two nations was conducted in New Delhi in October 2020.
Furthermore, as Russia’s war on Ukraine enters its sixth week, the number of refugees fleeing Ukraine has surpassed four million, according to the UN refugee agency’s head, Filippo Grandi, on Wednesday.
Notably, Russia started its invasion last month after declaring Donetsk and Luhansk as “independent republics” in Ukraine. Since then, Russia has maintained that the goal of its actions has been to “demilitarise” and “de-nazify” the country.
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, numerous Western and European countries imposed harsh sanctions on Russia, focusing on its economy and banking system.