This will be the US Secretary of State’s maiden visit to India

US Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken, will arrive in India on a two-day visit beginning from July 27

This is Secretary Blinken's first visit to India after assuming charge as US Secretary of State.

On 28 July, he will meet the External Affairs Minister and the National Security Advisor.

Secretary Blinken's visit is an opportunity to continue the high-level bilateral dialogue and bolster the India-US global strategic partnership.

Both sides will review the robust and multifaceted India-US bilateral relations, and potential for consolidating them further.

Discussions will focus on regional and global issues of mutual interest – including recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indo-Pacific region, Afghanistan and cooperation in the UN.

Earlier, Spokesperson of the US Department of State Ned Price in a statement on Friday said that the upcoming visit of Secretary Blinken to India reaffirms the US’ commitment to strengthening “our partnerships and underscore cooperation on our shared priorities.”

Following his engagements in India, the US Secretary of State will travel to Kuwait before returning to Washington DC on July 29.