WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (PTI) — US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will travel to India next week for the G20 foreign ministers meeting and meet senior Indian officials to reaffirm the strong partnership between the US and the country.
India took over the G20 presidency on December 1 last year.
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On March 1, Blinken will go to New Delhi to participate in the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting. The meeting will focus on strengthening multilateralism, deepening cooperation in food and energy security, sustainable development, drug control, global health, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. . , and gender equality and women’s empowerment, State Department spokesman Ned Price said Thursday.
“He (Blinken) will meet with Indian government officials and civil society to reaffirm our strong partnership,” Price said.
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The US Secretary of State will be in India until March 3.
Blinken will begin his visit to two Central Asian countries — Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan — on Feb. 28 before arriving in India.
On February 28, he will visit Astana, Kazakhstan, and meet with senior Kazakh officials to deepen bilateral cooperation.
He will then participate in the C5+1 ministerial meeting attended by representatives of the five Central Asian countries, reaffirming the US commitment to the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Central Asian countries and to cooperate with the region on solutions to the global response, he said. challenge.
The C5+1 ministerial meeting will focus on strengthening economic, energy and environmental, and security cooperation among the United States, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The Secretary of State will meet separately with senior government officials from the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan during the C5+1 Ministerial to discuss opportunities for bilateral and multilateral cooperation and advance our shared goal of building a prosperous, secure, and democratic area.
“He will then travel to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where he will meet with Uzbek officials to further our partnership on a range of bilateral and regional issues,” Price said.
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