US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman to visit India

New York: U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will be visiting India on October 6 for a series of bilateral meetings and social events, the State Department has announced. She will also participate in the India Ideas Summit organised by the U.S. India Business Council. Her visit follows last week's meeting in Washington between President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and their Quad summit with Prime Ministers Scott Morrison of Australia and Yoshihide Suga of Japan.

As per reports, Wendy Sherman is scheduled to visit Mumbai on October 7 where she will hold meetings with the business community and civil society. Her visit comes days after Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the U.S. She will then fly to Pakistan to meet officials in Islamabad, the State Department said.  Sherman is the second-highest-ranking American diplomat and the highest State Department official to visit Pakistan in the Biden presidency.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken told U.S. lawmakers weeks ago that Washington would need to re-assess its relationship with Islamabad. Last week, Blinken met his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi to discuss Afghanistan - specifically, coordinating the diplomatic engagement and facilitating the departure of those who wanted to leave Afghanistan, the State Department said.

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