Plan : US will discuss Afghan peace and stability with Indian leadership, Foreign Minister Blinken will reach India next week


The situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating day by day due to the increasing dominance of the Taliban. Taliban terrorists are playing violent and bloody games in the country every day. The Taliban claim that its fighters have captured 90 percent of Afghanistan. Here, the Afghan army is constantly trying to free its areas from the clutches of the Taliban. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will hold talks with the Indian leadership next week, a top State Department official told reporters on Friday (July 23) amid unrest in the country. In such a situation, they are planning to discuss ways to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan.

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Blinken will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar during his visit to India next week and discuss a range of issues, including Indo-Pacific connectivity and shared regional security interests. During a special press briefing, Dean Thompson, Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, said, "Our bilateral discussions with our Indian partners will focus on expanding our security, defense, cyber and counter-terrorism cooperation."

On regional issues, we intend to discuss our efforts to support a just and sustainable peace in Afghanistan, he added. All Afghanistan's neighbors and countries in the region have an interest in a peaceful, secure, and stable Afghanistan, which can only be accomplished through a dialogue that ends 40 years of conflict. Of course, India is an important partner in this region and we welcome India's shared commitment to supporting peace and economic development in Afghanistan.

Underscoring the importance of the Indo-Pacific region, Thompson said, "We are working with India and other friends and partners in the region to advance this shared vision of the Indo-Pacific." Importantly, we will also discuss our health cooperation to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Quad Vaccine Partnership that was first announced during President Biden's Quad Summit.