External Affairs Minister Jaishankar meets top US officials on vaccine, security

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met some top US Cabinet ministers, lawmakers and officials to discuss developments pertaining to the Quad, Indo-US cooperation on vaccines and Afghanistan.

On Friday, Jaishankar began the day with a meeting with his counterpart and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. He also interacted with members of the US-India Business Council and the US Global Task Force on Pandemic Relief.

Jaishankar is in the US to sort out several issues related to the import of vaccines and raw materials as well as to build on partnership to counter the security-related issues involving China that affect both countries.

The minister met US NSA Jake Sullivan and discussed Afghanistan among other issues. After meeting U.S’  Trade Representative Katherine Tai, Jaishankar welcomed her “positive stance” in supporting a joint India and South Africa proposal at WTO to waive intellectual property rights (IPR) on Covid vaccines and related items to enable their cheaper availability and manufacturing in developing countries. The minister also met US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, whom he had also met in March.

Among lawmakers, Jaishankar interacted with Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Congressman Gregory Meeks and a ranking member, Congressman Michael McCaul.

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