EAM Jaishankar Meets US National Security Advisor Sullivan in Delhi, What's on Agenda?
EAM Jaishankar Meets US National Security Advisor Sullivan in Delhi, What's on Agenda?

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar met with United States National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in New Delhi on Monday. They discussed a wide range of bilateral, regional, and global issues. Jaishankar expressed his confidence that the strategic partnership between India and the US will continue to grow stronger in the near future.

In a post on social media platform X, Jaishankar shared, "Delighted to welcome US NSA @JakeSullivan46 in New Delhi this morning. We had a comprehensive discussion on various bilateral, regional, and global issues. I am confident that the India-US strategic partnership will continue to advance strongly in our new term."

Sullivan arrived in New Delhi for the second meeting of the Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technologies (iCET). This visit marks the first time a senior US official has come to India since the Modi government began its third term.

Sullivan was initially scheduled to visit India in February, but the meeting was postponed to June 17-18 due to other urgent commitments in the US. Sources indicated that Sullivan, along with Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell and other top officials, will meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sullivan is also expected to meet with his Indian counterpart, Ajit Doval.

The meetings will culminate in a joint statement highlighting the progress and significance of the iCET mechanism for both nations. During their talks, Sullivan and Doval are also expected to discuss the situation in West Asia.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a Ukraine peace summit in Switzerland, Sullivan mentioned that he would travel directly from Switzerland to India for the iCET meeting. On June 14, PM Modi met US President Joe Biden at the G7 Summit in Italy, where they reiterated their commitment to working together for global good. "It's always a pleasure to meet @POTUS @JoeBiden. India and USA will keep working together to further global good," PM Modi posted on X.

Earlier, on June 6, Biden and Modi discussed Sullivan's upcoming visit during a congratulatory call from Biden following Modi's electoral victory in the Lok Sabha polls. The White House statement emphasized both leaders' commitment to deepening the US-India Comprehensive and Global Strategic Partnership and advancing a free, open, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region. The statement also highlighted Sullivan's visit to engage with the new Indian government on shared US-India priorities, including the trusted strategic technology partnership.

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