US Secretary Antony Blinken will meet External Affairs Minister Jaishankar in Melbourne next week

Ahead of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to hold a bilateral meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in Melbourne next week during the Quad Foreign Ministers’ Ministerial Meeting, a few highlights of the expected talks were shared by Daniel J. Kritenbrink, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, US Department of State.

Kritenbrink said the key message the US Secretary will take with him is that partnerships work, “there is no greater global partnership than what we are trying to accomplish through the Quad with Australia , India and Japan”.

One of the main purposes of Secy Blinken’s trip is to attend the Fourth Quad Foreign Ministers’ Ministerial Meeting in Melbourne, Australia, hosted by Foreign Minister Marise Payne, Daniel J. Kritenbrink said.

Kritenbrink said it is through our partnership with these three democratic countries that we are moving so fast to deliver vaccines around the world and to build a stronger health infrastructure.

It is through this partnership that we strengthen the security environment in the region to counter aggression and coercion. And it will be through this partnership that we will help support the global economic recovery, he added.

Meanwhile, the US State Department said in a statement on Thursday: “In Australia, from February 9-12, Secretary Blinken will attend the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of Foreign Ministers, hosted by the Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marise Payne”.

“Secretary Blinken will meet with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Foreign Minister Payne, Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa, Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and other senior officials to discuss a range of priorities bilateral and global. engage with students, scholars and technology leaders in Melbourne,” the State Department added.

Further, he said that “together with our Quad partners, we are delivering results for our people and the region, including advancing cooperation on COVID-19 vaccination delivery, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief. disaster response, maritime security, counterterrorism, cybersecurity, countering disinformation, climate change, and critical and emerging technologies.”

Blinken will travel to Australia, Fiji and Hawaii from February 7-13 to engage with Indo-Pacific allies and partners to advance peace, resilience and prosperity in the region and demonstrate that these partnerships are effective.

In Fiji on February 12, Secretary Blinken will meet with Pacific Island leaders to discuss the climate crisis, ending the COVID-19 pandemic, disaster relief, and ways to strengthen our commitment. common cause for democracy, regional solidarity and prosperity in the Pacific. The Secretary will also meet with Fiji Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe “Frank” Bainimarama to discuss deepening bilateral engagement and ways to advance a free and open Indo-Pacific. This will be the first visit by a Secretary of State to Fiji since 1985.

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Shirlene J. Manley