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  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to boost human rights points in upcoming journey to India.
  • Dean Thompson, a senior State Division official, says US has shared values with India on the matter of human rights, nonetheless.
  • “We will continue that conversation, because we firmly believe that we have more values in common on those fronts than we don’t,” says Thompson.

WASHINGTON: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will elevate human rights points with officers in India when he visits the nation subsequent week, a senior State Division official stated on Friday.

Dean Thompson, the division’s performing assistant secretary for South and Central Asian affairs, instructed reporters that the USA has shared values with India on the matter of human rights, nonetheless.

It is going to be Blinken’s first go to to the world’s largest democracy as President Joe Biden’s secretary of state and he’ll meet on Wednesday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Overseas Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

Blinken may also go to Kuwait on the finish of his July 26-29 journey.

On Blinken’s agenda might be “Indo-Pacific engagement, shared regional security interests, shared democratic values, and addressing the climate crisis” in addition to the response to the coronavirus pandemic, the State Division stated.

Blinken can also be prone to talk about plans for an in-person summit of the so-called Quad. The grouping of India, Japan, Australia and the USA is seen as a counter to China’s rising affect.

Requested on a name with reporters how excessive on the agenda human rights can be, given a citizenship regulation launched by Modi’s Hindu nationalist social gathering that critics say discriminates towards Muslims, Thompson stated the USA “will raise it.”

“We will continue that conversation, because we firmly believe that we have more values in common on those fronts than we don’t,” he stated.

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