India is an important US partner in the Indo-Pacific region

Underlining India's role in the Indo-Pacific region, the US Secretary of State said that he is already an important partner. During the first telephonic conversation with their Indian counterpart S Jaishankar, the two leaders discussed ways to better take advantage of new opportunities and meet new opportunities and shared defense-related challenges in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. 
 
Let me tell you that Foreign Minister Blinken has his first telephonic conversation with S Jaishankar after taking over as a top diplomat in the US. State Department Spokesman Ned Price said on Friday that the ministers of India and the United States will be working on corona vaccination efforts, regional development, steps to be taken to further expand bilateral relations, and other issues of mutual concern are discussed. 
 
Blinken underscored India's role as a close US partner in the Indo-Pacific and the importance of working together to expand regional cooperation. He said, "The two agreed to work in close coordination in view of global changes and expressed a desire to meet face to face as soon as possible." Blinken tweeted, 'I am happy that I discussed the priorities of America and India with my good friend Dr. S. Jaishankar on Friday. We reaffirmed the importance of US-India relations. 
 
We discussed ways to better take advantage of new opportunities and better deal with common challenges in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. Blinken has spoken to his counterparts in more than a dozen countries, including Canada, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Britain, Japan, Germany, France, Israel. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs has also said that Jaishankar and Blinken strengthened and expanded multilateral strategic partnerships.