US calls India an important partner in the Indo-Pacific region and welcomes its emergence as a leading global power

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The United State continues to be India’s largest trading partner, said the US State Department.

US State Secretary Antony Blinken and India’s External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Tuesday had a “comprehensive” conservation and discussed the Indo-Pacific developments, cooperation under Quad (Quadrilateral Security Development), and views on the situation in Myanmar. 

On Tuesday, the United States called India “one of the most important partners in the Indo-Pacific region” and also welcomed India’s emergence as a leading global power. During a briefing, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said: “India is one of the most important partners in the Indo-Pacific region to us. We welcome India’s emergence as a leading global power and its role as a net security provider in the region.” 

Price also said that India and the United States cooperate on a broad range of security and diplomatic issues including “defense, non-proliferation, regional cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, counter-terrorism, peacekeeping, environment, health, technology, agriculture, space, and oceans.” He also added that the list is not exhaustive.

Price talked about the conversation between US State Secretary Antony Blinken and India’s External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar. Blinken and Jaishankar on Tuesday had a “comprehensive” conservation and discussed the Indo-Pacific developments, cooperation under Quad (Quadrilateral Security Development), and views on the situation in Myanmar. 

Price said: “Secretary Blinken today spoke with his Indian counterpart Foreign Minister Jaishankar. I think I would start by saying that the US-India comprehensive strategic partnership is both broad as well as multifaceted. We will continue to engage at the highest levels of our government to deepen cooperation on many fronts and we are confident that the strong and upward trajectory of our partnership will continue.”

While commenting on India-China border talks, Price stated that the situation is being closely monitored and that the United States will continue to support “direct dialogue and a peaceful resolution of those border disputes.” He further said that he is worried about Beijing’s pattern of ongoing attempts to intimidate its neighbors.

Price also welcomed India’s tenure as a non-permanent member at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). He also said that with total bilateral trade rising to $146 billion in 2019, the United State continues to be India’s largest trading partner. 

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