US thanks India on vax exports, assures national security

New York: US Deputy Secretary of State, Wendy Sherman, thanked India on behalf of the US for resuming Covid-19 vaccine exports when she met India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla in New Delhi, according to State Department spokesperson Ned Price.

She also assured Shringla of Washington’s commitment to India’s national security during their meeting when they reviewed security issues relating to Afghanistan and China, Price said in a readout of the meeting.

Sherman, who is on a two-day visit to India, also met External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who tweeted after their meeting, “A good conversation on our relationship, its significance, and its growth. Appreciated the successful visit of PM @narendramodi to the US and the Quad Leaders’ Summit.”

In the readout of the meeting with Shringla, Price said that Sherman “expressed the US’ gratitude for Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi’s announcement that India, which is the world’s largest vaccine producer, would soon resume exports of Covid-19 vaccines to the US.”

The expression of thanks came while they “discussed the growing security, economic, and Indo-Pacific convergence between India and the United States, including around ending the Covid-19 pandemic, combating the climate crisis and accelerating clean energy deployment, deepening trade and investment ties, and expanding cooperation on cybersecurity and emerging technologies”, according to Price.

“The Deputy Secretary assured the Foreign Secretary of the US’ ongoing commitment to India’s national security and they reviewed pressing regional and global security issues, including Afghanistan, Iran, Russia, and the People’s Republic of China,” he said.

“The two expressed their mutual commitment to upholding democracy and human rights and agreed on the importance of continued close cooperation on shared global challenges,” Price said.

Sherman, the second-highest-ranking US diplomat, is visiting India after visits by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and CIA Director Bill Burns.


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