US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will raise issues of human rights and democracy with the Indian leadership during his first visit to India next week. According to a senior US official, the two countries share more common values than others on these fronts.
Blinken will reach New Delhi on July 27. This will be Blinken’s first visit to India after taking over as US Secretary of State. During his visit, he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. The Ministry of External Affairs said that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will also meet Blinken in New Delhi. During this, both sides will discuss a number of issues including the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and the situation in the Indo-Pacific region with Afghanistan.
It is reported that during this visit, Blinken will prepare the ground for the first face-to-face talks between the heads of state of the quad coalition of four countries (USA, India, Australia, Japan). Apart from this, there is also a 2+2 meeting between India and America at the end of this year, about which both the countries will discuss.
Officials said – there will be talks on the issue of human rights: Dean Thompson, Acting Deputy Minister of South and Central Asian Affairs, told reporters during a conference call ahead of Blinken’s visit: “You are right to ask about the question of human rights and democracy, we will raise these issues and we will continue this conversation.” Because we firmly believe that our values on these fronts are more common than on any other front.”
“We believe that as we move forward, India is going to be an important part of continuing those conversations and making stronger efforts on those fronts in partnership,” Thompson said in response to a question. India has earlier criticized foreign governments and foreign governments for reducing civil liberties in the country. Human rights groups allegations But the criticism being made has been rejected.
America will also raise the issue of Pegasus espionage: Raising the issue of Pegasus espionage, he said, “The whole concept of using such technology in extrajudicial means against civilian organizations, or critics of power or journalists or any such person has always been a matter of concern.” Uses of Pegasus in India When asked about it, Thompson said, “I don’t have any deep knowledge of India’s case. I know this is a broad issue, but I would like to say that we have always said that companies should find ways to ensure that their technologies are not used in this manner. We will continue to raise those issues.
This is America’s stand on spying from Pegasus spyware: Earlier, the US has said it opposes the use of spy technologies “in extrajudicial means” against civilian organizations, critics of power, and journalists. However, the US clarified that it does not have any deep knowledge of the ongoing Pegasus dispute in India.
Here is the statement of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs: Meanwhile, the Indian Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that Blinken’s visit is an opportunity to continue the high-level bilateral dialogue and strengthen the India-US global strategic partnership. “Both sides will review the strong and multi-faceted India-US bilateral relationship and its potential to further strengthen them,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. Which will include co-operation in the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, the Indo-Pacific region, Afghanistan, and the United Nations.