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New Delhi, Aug 29 : External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday discussed Afghanistan and also exchanged views on the agenda of the UN Security Council, as the US races to complete withdrawal from Afghanistan by August 31.
“Spoke to US Secretary of State @Secblinken. “Continued our discussions on Afghanistan. Also exchanged views on the agenda of UNSC,” Jaishankar tweeted after midnight on Saturday.
US Secretary of State Blinken tweeted separately .
“Spoke with Indian External Affairs Minister @DrSJaishankar today to discuss our shared priorities including continued coordination on Afghanistan and in the United Nations. Look forward to continuing to deepen our partnership.”
State Department spokesperson Ned Price in a statement said:
“Secretary of State Antony J Blinken spoke today with Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar. They discussed a broad range of shared priorities, including continued coordination on Afghanistan and in the United Nations. Secretary Blinken and Minister Jaishankar agreed to remain closely coordinated on shared goals and priorities to deepen the US-India partnership.”
The US and other countries have been racing to complete the evacuation of their citizens and personnel by August 31 from Afghanistan that has been taken over by the Taliban. India has so far evacuated over 550 people, including over 260 Indian nationals, besides its embassy staff and Afghan Sikhs and Hindus and people of other nationals from Kabul since August 15, when the Taliban took over the country.
India has been in close touch with the US which controls Kabul airport for the evacuation of its citizens and other foreign and Afghan nationals.