External affairs minister S Jaishankar speaks to US secretary of state Blinken

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Indian foreign minister S Jaishankar spoke to his US counterpart Antony Blinken on bilateral and regional issues including Afghanistan, Myanmar, climate change and the agenda of the UN Security Council which India has joined as a non-permanent member recently.

“Had a warm and productive conversation with Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar to reaffirm the importance of the US-India relationship. We discussed regional security issues of mutual concern in Afghanistan and Burma and global challenges such as climate change,” Mr Blinken said in a tweet.

“Conversation covered recent developments in India’s immediate and extended neighbourhood. Exchanged views on the UNSC agenda. Also discussed issues pertaining to our health cooperation,” Jaishankar said in another tweet.

Blinken spoke with Jaishankar to reaffirm the importance of the US-India relationship and cooperation on regional security issues, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said.

The two leaders agreed to close and frequent coordination in support of a lasting peace and development for the people of Afghanistan. Both leaders reaffirmed their shared commitment to democratic values and mutual support for the restoration of democracy in Myanmar, he added.