External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his US counterpart Antony Blinken in Washington on Thursday and mentioned a full vary of points, however there was no point out of row over Canada’s allegations that India was concerned within the killing of a Khalistani terrorist.
Hardeep Singh Nijjar was shot useless outdoors a gurudwara in Surrey, British Columbia, in June. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly stated that they believe Indian authorities brokers had been linked to the homicide.
India has categorically rejected Canada’s allegations, calling them “baseless”. Mr Jaishankar has assured Canada that India will examine the matter if it is supplied with particular details about Nijjar’s killing.
The challenge although didn’t function in talks between Mr Jaishankar and Mr Blinken on Thursday. The points they mentioned included key outcomes of India’s G20 presidency, creation of India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor, in line with the US Department of State.
“Good to be back here. And we, of course, had the prime minister here this summer. Thanks to the US for all the support to the G20 Summit,” Mr Jaishankar stated whereas showing earlier than the media together with Mr Blinken forward of the assembly held on the State Department.
While addressing the media, Mr Blinken stated he had “very good discussions” over the previous couple of weeks together with on the G20 and on the margins of the UN General Assembly session in New York. He stated he was trying ahead to his discussions with the Indian counterpart.
The two leaders didn’t take any questions from the media.
Mr Jaishankar is at present on a five-day official journey to Washington.
“Great to meet my friend US Secretary of State @SecBlinken at State Department today. A wide ranging discussion, following up on PM @narendramodi’s June visit. Also exchanged notes on global developments. Laid the groundwork of our 2+2 meeting very soon,” he posted on X.
Great to fulfill my pal US Secretary of State @SecBlinken at State Department in the present day.
A large ranging dialogue, following up on PM @narendramodi‘s June go to. Also exchanged notes on international developments.
Laid the groundwork of our 2+2 assembly very quickly. pic.twitter.com/mOw9SIX1dO
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) September 28, 2023
“The Secretary and the External Affairs Minister also emphasised the continued importance of cooperation ahead of the upcoming 2+2 Dialogue, in particular in the areas of defence, space, and clean energy,” State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller stated in an announcement after the assembly.
New Delhi will host the fifth version of India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, Mr Jaishankar introduced on Thursday. Although he didn’t reveal the dates of the assembly, it’s learnt that the ministerial dialogue can be held within the first half of November.
The two sides remained tight-lipped concerning the direct or oblique implications of the India-Canada row over the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia early this yr.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has alleged that the Indian authorities was behind the killing of Nijjar on June 18. India had designated Nijjar as a terrorist in 2020. India has rejected Canada’s allegations as “absurd” and “motivated”.
Secretary Blinken refused to answer reporters’ questions concerning the row.