Relations between India and the United States intensified in the first 100 days of the Biden administration, a State Department official in Washington said.
The engagement between the two countries during this period reflects a comprehensive global partnership, said State Department spokesman Ned Price, saying there had been a concerted focus on India during these 100 days.
“There has been a concerted focus on India over the past 100 days. President Biden, of course, mentioned India in his (State of the Union) address last night, and I think you can look at this partnership and this deep partnership engagement through a number of lenses ” , Price said at his daily press conference.
Biden himself recently had the opportunity to speak to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Secretary of State Tony Blinken has also had several talks with his counterpart, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, he said.
There were several high level delegations. The special envoy for climate change, John Kerry, was in India not so long ago. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was in India to discuss elements of India-US security cooperation, Price said.
“We have also engaged with India in a multilateral context through the Quad, both at the ministerial level and, for the first time, at the leadership level,” he said.
“I mentioned our climate cooperation, but also our health cooperation, and it was something that pre-dated the pandemic but intensified with the start of the pandemic and even more with the increase in cases than us. have seen in India in recent days ”. Price said.
“So I think it is this commitment that reflects our comprehensive global partnership,” he said in response to a question.
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