US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R Sherman
US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R Sherman in India: US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R Sherman on Wednesday said India’s security concerns are “first and foremost” and “front and central” for the US. He has said this amidst India’s concerns about the spread of terrorist activities from Afghanistan. Sherman, who is on a three-day visit to India, held discussions with Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
Sherman said that the US and India have a similar thinking and approach to the developments in Afghanistan. The US understands India’s concerns about the spread of terrorism from Afghanistan. Sherman told some reporters that the US was preparing a concrete program for Afghanistan’s capability for the near future (over-the-horizon). Although he did not elaborate anything about it.
Similar outlook on Afghanistan
The US Deputy Secretary of State said that India and the US share a common vision on the way forward in Afghanistan, which includes ensuring an inclusive government by the Taliban and making Afghanistan a haven for terrorism. He stressed on ensuring safe and orderly travel for those wishing to leave Afghanistan and called for ensuring that human rights are respected.
‘Taliban just don’t talk’
The US Deputy Secretary of State said that the Taliban should not just talk, do the right thing and that no country is in a hurry to legitimize or recognize the Taliban. He said that the people of Afghanistan need help. India and America will soon hold talks regarding cooperation against terrorism. Regarding China, Sherman said, ‘We will compete with China where we should, we will also cooperate with China where it is in our interest’ (Wendy R Sherman on China). We will challenge China where we should – where it undermines the interests of us and our allies or threatens the rules-based international order.
Arindam Bagchi tweeted
Earlier after the meeting between Sherman and Shringla, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted, “Both discussed issues such as the evolving situation in Afghanistan and continued cooperation under the Quad including an open, free and inclusive Indo-Pacific.” Arindam Bagchi said that both sides reviewed various bilateral issues ranging from COVID-19, security and defence, economic, climate, clean energy and people-to-people contacts etc. According to Bagchi, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla discussed with the US Deputy Secretary of State how to pursue a strategic alliance for global betterment, based on the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joe Biden.
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