S Jaishankar, the External Affairs Minister, met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Cambodia ahead of the ASEAN ministerial meeting on Thursday.
“Always good to meet. There’s a lot we need to talk about and it is actually been a very busy year, we had a very good Quad and since then I think a number of developments all over the world,” Jaishnakar told Blinken in Phnom Penh.
On Wednesday, S Jaishankar arrived in Cambodia to attend the ASEAN ministerial meeting.
As stated by the US Secretary of State, the meeting will allow both leaders to compare notes on mutual interests such as a free and open Indo-Pacific and the Sri Lankan crisis.
“Taking part in the ASEAN meetings is the opportunity for us to get together and compare notes with our closest partners, starting with my longtime friend, Indian Foreign Minister Jaishankar,” Blinken said
“This is an opportunity for us to compare notes as we prepare for these crucial ASEAN meetings.” We are both staunch supporters of ASEAN centrality. “We have a shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific that we work on in a variety of ways every day,” said US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Blinken also mentioned several issues in Sri Lanka and Burma that concern both India and the United States.
“We both have some immediate concerns, such as the situation in Sri Lanka, Burma, and a number of other hotspots.” So I’m looking forward to talking about a number of these issues with my friend again, and then we’ll both go to the meetings,” Blinken said.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.