US Secretary of State Antony Blinken praised India as an "extraordinary success story" during his address at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2024. Blinken acknowledged the "remarkable achievements" of the Modi government, emphasizing their positive impact on the lives of many Indians.
Highlighting the burgeoning ties between the United States and India, Blinken credited the efforts of both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joe Biden for elevating the relationship to new heights. He noted that discussions between the two nations often revolve around topics such as democracy and rights, forming a vital part of their ongoing dialogue.
Responding to a question about concerns regarding the rise of Hindu nationalism in India, Blinken expressed that these issues are part of a sustained and genuine conversation. He stressed the hope for positive change in India, linking it to the continuous discussions on democracy and rights.
In elaborating on how the US perceives India, Blinken underscored the nation as an "extraordinary success story" and commended Prime Minister Modi's accomplishments, which have significantly improved the lives of many citizens. The Secretary of State emphasized the deliberate efforts from both leaders to elevate the bilateral relationship.
Blinken further discussed the ongoing conversations about democracy and human rights, stating that these concerns are fundamental to the US foreign policy. He affirmed the commitment to addressing these issues in various ways based on the relationships with different countries and governments. The emphasis on democratic values and human rights remains a consistent element in the foreign policy approach of the United States.
(With Agency Inputs)