Secretary Blinken and Minister Jaishankar reviewed recent efforts in the fight against covid-19, including U.S. assistance to India, and expressed appreciation for each country’s support throughout the pandemic.
"We remember so well when India came to our assistance in the early days of covid in a very important and powerful way, and we are joined in this fight together and determined to do everything we can to help, and then for our two countries to continue to work even more closely together to help deal with what is a truly global challenge," said Blinken after the meeting.
The Secretary reaffirmed India’s important role when it comes to the climate crisis and as a leading partner in the Indo-Pacific.
They also discussed ways to deepen cooperation in multilateral fora, including at the UN 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.
"Among the many subjects we discussed was first and foremost the strong support we are getting from the United States on dealing with the covid situation. We are very, very appreciative of that. We also discussed how our collaboration could help globally in expanding vaccination capabilities. Other than that, there’s a lot of other issues," Jaishankar stated.