UNITED STATES. Washington: The U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, spoke with his Indian counterpart on Saturday about India’s engagement in the Ukraine war, the State Department stated.
Over a phone call, Blinken talked with Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar about “regional and global problems, particularly counter-terrorism cooperation and Russia’s continuing aggression against Ukraine.”
Ned Price, a spokesman for the State Department, read out a summary of the discussion on Saturday, saying that “the two discussed regional and global issues, including counterterrorism cooperation and Russia’s continuing aggression against Ukraine.”
Jaishankar praised Blinken for sending a “strong and clear message” about counterterrorism and for wanting to hold those responsible for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks accountable.
“Good to speak to the US Secretary of State @SecBlinken. Thanked him for his strong and clear message yesterday on counter-terrorism and 26/11 accountability. We discussed the Ukraine conflict and other regional issues,” Jaishankar tweeted.
The UN Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) held an informal meeting in Mumbai on Friday, and Blinken addressed the gathering via video message.
He stated that letting the Mumbai attacks’ planners go free would be the wrong message to send.
The perpetrators of the Mumbai atrocities, especially their masterminds, must be brought to justice, said Blinken, “as we have a responsibility to the victims and to people everywhere.”
India has been a significant consumer of Russian oil, which helps to finance Russia’s conflict with Ukraine.
The Russian embassy in India announced on Thursday that Jaishankar would travel to Russia on November 8.
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