Quad: US requires enhanced cooperation

Sandeep Dikshit

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 14

Top US diplomat Stephen Biegun, during his India visit which ended on Wednesday, underscored enhanced cooperation among the Quad countries to create resilient supply chains, promote transparency and increase maritime security.

In his meetings with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar, Biegun discussed US efforts to work with India and like-minded partners on regional security, economic cooperation and coordinated efforts to address the challenges of the pandemic, stated a US State Department statement.

These topics were most recently discussed in the October 6 “Quad” meeting of Foreign Ministers attended by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as well as Jaishankar besides their counterparts from Japan and Australia.

Biegun also met with Bhutanese Ambassador to India Major General Vetsop Namgyel to reaffirm US’ close relationship with the people of Bhutan. The US diplomat’s conversation with the Bhutanese Ambassador and his arrival in Dhaka soon after concluding his India visit is indicative of the improved equations between the US and India after the Galwan Valley clash with PLA troops in which 20 Indian security personnel were killed.

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