Jaishankar meets Blinken, talks cover upping vaccine production, supply chain and Indo-Pacific

New Delhi, May 4 (UNI) External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met US Secretary of States Antony Blinken in London and discussed a range of issues, including the Covid challenge, focussing on expanded vaccine production capacity and reliable supply chains.

“We discussed first and foremost the strong support we are getting from the United States on dealing with the COVID situation.

We also discussed how our collaboration could help globally in expanding vaccination capabilities,” the EAM said in statement to the media after the talks on Monday.

He expressed appreciation for the strong US support to India at this difficult time, especially oxygen and Remdesivir.

Later in a tweet, he said, “Our meeting also covered issues of Indo-Pacific, UN Security Council, Myanmar and climate change.”

Secretary Blinken said US and India are joined in the fight against the pandemic together.

“And we had some very good discussions about that – about that today, and as the minister said, about a number of other issues,” Blinken said.

US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said Jaishankar and Blinken discussed deepening the U.S.-India comprehensive global strategic partnership.

“The Secretary reaffirmed India’s important role when it comes to the climate crisis and as a leading partner in the Indo-Pacific,” Price said.

“They also discussed ways to deepen cooperation in multilateral fora, including at the U.N. Security Council and as a G7 guest country. Secretary Blinken and Minister Jaishankar looked forward to continued U.S.-India cooperation on the full range of bilateral and global issues.”

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