New Delhi (NVI): External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar today had a telephonic conversation with his US counterpart and newly appointed US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken as both the leaders agreed on mutual efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic and affordable supply of corona vaccine.
“Warm conversation with Secretary of State @SecBlinken. Congratulated him on his appointment. Look forward to working with him again. Agreed that we could build further on the solid foundation of our partnership. Also discussed our efforts at combating the COVID-19 pandemic,” Jaishanakar tweeted.
In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said that the EAM congratulated Secretary Blinken on his appointment and wished him success in his new responsibilities.
“EAM and Secretary Blinken expressed their commitment to consolidate and expand the multi-faceted strategic partnership. They appreciated the robust defence and security ties, growing economic engagement, productive health-care collaboration and strong people-to-people linkages as its important pillars,” MEA said in a statement.
Recognizing the challenges of a post-Covid world, they agreed to work together to address global issues, including safe and affordable vaccine supply, it said. “They also reiterated their commitment to peace and security, especially in the Indo-Pacific region,” the Ministry added.