Blinken-Modi talks to focus on expanding cybersecurity, defense: State Dept

Washington : US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during his upcoming meeting with India’s Prime Minister Modi will discuss ways to boost cybersecurity and defense cooperation, Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Dean Thompson told reporters.

“In the Secretary’s meetings with Prime Minister Modi and external Affairs Minister Jaishankar, we expect the discussions to focus on ways to further deepen our bilateral partnership which is very broad in scope as well as increase convergence on regional and global issues,” Thompson said. “Our bilateral discussions with our Indian partners will focus on expanding our security, Defense, cyber and counterterrorism cooperation.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken further plans to discuss ways to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan during talks with Indian officials in New Delhi next week, Acting Assistant Secretary Dean Thompson told reporters on Friday.

“We expect that all the countries in the region have a shared interest in a stable and secure Afghanistan going forward, and so we will certainly be looking at talking with our Indian partners about how we can work together to realize that goal, to find ways to bring the parties together and continue to pursue a negotiated settlement to end the longstanding war,” Thompson said in response to a question about whether Afghanistan would be on the agenda.

The State Department earlier in the day announced that Blinken would will travel to India and Kuwait on July 26-29 and meet Modi on July 28 for talks on a range of issues.

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