US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who met Foreign Minister S Jaishankar in Cambodia ahead of the ASEAN ministerial meeting on Thursday, said New Delhi is one of Washington’s “closest partners”.
Both Antony Blinken and Jaishankar are in Cambodia to attend the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting.
In a statement issued by the State Department, Antony Blinken said it was an opportunity for the two leaders to compare notes on various areas of mutual interest, including a free and open Indo-Pacific and the Sri Lanka crisis.
Antony Blinken said in the statement, “Participating the ASEAN meetings is an opportunity for us to come together and compare notes with our closest allies, starting with my longtime friend, Indian Foreign Minister Jaishankar. “
“This is an opportunity for us to compare notes as we attend these very important ASEAN meetings. We are both strong supporters of ASEAN centrality. We have a shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific on which we We work in many different ways every day,” the US Secretary of State continued.
Warm talks to start meetings on the sidelines of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Phnom Penh.
– Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) 4 August 2022
He also mentioned several challenges in Sri Lanka and Burma.
“We have some immediate challenges that we are both concerned about, including the situation in Sri Lanka, Burma and many other hotspots. So I look forward to being able to deal with these issues once again with my friend, and Then we will attend both the meetings,” he said in the statement.
Meanwhile, Jaishankar told Antony Blinken: “It’s always been nice to meet. We need to talk a lot and it’s been a really busy year, we’ve had a great quad and since then I think the world over There have been many developments…”
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.