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Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra speaks to US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman


Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra on Wednesday spoke to US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman specializing in methods to additional strengthen the strategic partnership between the 2 international locations, together with within the Indo-Pacific.

The telephonic dialog got here a day forward of the second international digital summit on Covid-19 being hosted by US President Joe Biden, which can be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Pleasure to connect with US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman @DeputySecState. We agreed to continue our engagement towards strengthening the India-US strategic partnership,” Kwatra tweeted.

On her half, Sherman mentioned that the energy of the US-India partnership was reaffirmed and talked about the shared dedication to a affluent, free and open Indo-Pacific.

“Great speaking with India’s new Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra to wish him well in his new role. We reaffirmed the strength of the #USIndia partnership and our shared commitment to a prosperous, free, and open Indo-Pacific,” she mentioned in a tweet.

Kwatra took cost as India’s new international secretary on May 1. A 1988-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, he succeeded Harsh Vardhan Shringla who retired from the service.

Kwatra was serving as India’s envoy to Nepal earlier than assuming the cost of the international secretary. He is understood to have intensive experience in coping with India’s neighbourhood in addition to the US, China and Europe. Before his diplomatic posting to Nepal in 2020, he served because the Ambassador of India to France from August 2017 to February 2020.

He took cost because the international secretary at a time India is coping with numerous geopolitical developments together with the Ukraine battle, the extreme financial disaster in Sri Lanka and scenario in Afghanistan and developments within the Indo-Pacific.


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