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US Secretary Antony Blinken spoke to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Ukraine issue

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Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
This meeting between Jaishankar and Blinken took place on the sidelines of the ASEAN-India Summit.
Jaishankar and Blinken’s meeting came days before a possible meeting between PM Modi and Joe Biden.

Phnom Penh. Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken here on Sunday and discussed bilateral issues, Russia-Ukraine war, energy, G-20 and the situation in the Indo-Pacific region. The meeting between Jaishankar and Blinken took place a few days before a possible meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden. The meeting between Jaishankar and Blinken took place on the sidelines of the ASEAN-India Summit in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.

Jaishankar is here with Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, who is leading the Indian delegation to the ASEAN-India Summit and the 17th East Asia Summit. Jaishankar and Blinken met a few days before the possible bilateral talks between Prime Minister Modi and Biden on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Bali, Indonesia from November 15-16. Jaishankar tweeted, ‘Had a productive meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Discussed Ukraine, Indo-Pacific, energy, G20 and bilateral relations.

Blinken tweeted, ‘I met Indian Foreign Minister on the sidelines of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit in Phnom Penh today to discuss ongoing efforts to expand our partnership and mitigate the effects of the Russian aggression on Ukraine. Minister S. Met Jaishankar. America supports India’s chairmanship of G-20. Jaishankar’s meeting with Blinken followed Tuesday’s meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow and talks with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba here on Saturday.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said President Biden and Prime Minister Modi have a fruitful and very practical relationship. Sullivan said President Biden looked forward to meeting Prime Minister Modi on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali. He told reporters at the White House on Thursday, “I would like to state that Prime Minister Modi had come to the White House after President Biden took office and they have had several personal meetings and phone and video calls.”

He said the two leaders share common interests on many important issues and have worked really closely together to strengthen the US-India partnership. He said, ‘When you add all those things, it is a useful, very practical relationship.’ He said, ‘President Biden is looking forward to meeting Prime Minister Modi at the G-20 this year.’ India will chair the G-20 next year and during that time the US President is likely to visit New Delhi.

India has not yet condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and says the crisis should be resolved through diplomacy and dialogue. Since the start of the Ukraine crisis in February, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has held several telephonic conversations with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In a phone conversation with Zelensky on October 4, Modi said that there can be “no military solution” to the Ukraine crisis and that India was ready to contribute to any peace effort.

In a meeting with Putin on September 16 in Uzbekistan’s Samarkand city, Modi urged the Russian president to end the conflict in Ukraine, saying that ‘today is not an era of war.’ In the last few months, India has increased imports of subsidized crude oil from Russia. Jaishankar had also met UN chief Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the ASEAN dinner in Phnom Penh on Saturday. Jaishankar also held talks with his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai.

The Foreign Minister said in a tweet, ‘It is always a pleasure to meet with the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand, Don Pramudwinai. Discussed our common regional concerns and strengthening partnership with ASEAN. “Met Canada’s Trade Minister Mary Ng and Foreign Minister Mylène Jolly at the ASEAN dinner, agreeing on greater trade and strategic cooperation while opposing terrorism and extremism,” he said. Jaishankar had discussed a range of issues with his counterparts from Canada, Indonesia and Singapore on Saturday.

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