US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called US Justice Department’s indictment of an Indian national for his alleged involvement in a foiled plot to assassinate Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, US-based leader of Sikhs For Justice, a Sikh separatist movement, an ongoing legal matter and termed the Indian government’s decision to investigate the matter as “good and appropriate”. He said the US looked forward to seeing the results.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will embark on a five-nation visit, concluding with India to participate in the 2+2 Ministerial Dialog in November, the State Department informed in a statement. Blinken will be visiting Israel, Jordan, Japan, South Korea and lastly, India. During his visit to India, Blinken will be accompanied by US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin. The US delegation will meet External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and other senior Indian officials to discuss both bilateral and global concerns and developments in the Indo-Pacific.
President Joe Biden is set to visit Israel on Wednesday at a time when the country is facing its toughest battle with the terrorist group Hamas. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in Tel Aviv on Tuesday said that President Biden is coming to Israel at a “critical moment” and will reaffirm the US’ solidarity with Israel.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Israel “to engage our Israeli partners directly about the situation on the ground,” the US said on Tuesday. “Secretary of State Antony J Blinken will travel to Israel and Jordan October 11-13, 2023, where he will meet with senior officials,” said the US Department of State in a statement.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said on Friday that India’s diplomatic row with Canada was discussed in his meeting with top US officials — Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan — and that he gave them both an exhaustive account of India’s case, which included its assessment of “a very permissive Canadian attitude towards terrorists”.
India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held discussions on the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor and its potential to generate high-standard infrastructure investments, the US State Department said in a statement. The two leaders held discussions on a full range of issues, including key outcomes of India’s G20 presidency.
Hailing the bilateral partnership between India and the United States, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the strategic partnership between the two countries has never been more dynamic. He said India and the US are teamed up on everything, be it the advanced semiconductors or defense cooperation.