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Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken arrive to take part in a North Atlantic Council (NAC) at foreign ministers level, at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels in this file photo from March 2021. (AFP)

UK, USA want Russia to de-escalate situation in Ukraine

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 11, 2021 10:46 PM IST
UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab said he agrees with US secretary of state Blinken on de-escalating the situation in Ukraine.
US secretary of state Antony Blinken expressed concern over Beijing's actions over Taiwan, (REUTERS)
US secretary of state Antony Blinken expressed concern over Beijing's actions over Taiwan, (REUTERS)

US says attempts at changing Taiwan's status quo will be a 'serious mistake'

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 11, 2021 10:00 PM IST
US State Department issued new guidelines that will enable US officials to meet more freely with officials from Taiwan, a move that deepens relations with Taipei amid stepped-up Chinese military activity around the island.
Blinken traveled to Brussels in late March on his first trip to Europe after being confirmed by the US Senate.(Reuters Photo)
Blinken traveled to Brussels in late March on his first trip to Europe after being confirmed by the US Senate.(Reuters Photo)

Blinken is set to return to Brussels for more NATO meetings

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON APR 10, 2021 06:23 AM IST
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will be in Brussels at the same time, for a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a NATO Foreign Affairs Ministers meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels.(AP)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a NATO Foreign Affairs Ministers meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels.(AP)

US Secretary of State Blinken says West needs to cooperate more than ever

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 25, 2021 06:12 PM IST
Blinken won European Union support on Wednesday for a US plan to confront Chinese power together through a formal dialogue that Beijing had hoped to avoid.
“When we are acting together, we are much stronger and much more effective than if any single one of us is doing it alone,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.(Reuters)
“When we are acting together, we are much stronger and much more effective than if any single one of us is doing it alone,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.(Reuters)

US, Europe, NATO close ranks to counter 'aggressive' China

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 24, 2021 11:15 PM IST
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he wants to work with partners on “how to advance our shared economic interests and to counter some of China's aggressive and coercive actions, as well as its failures, at least in the past, to uphold its international commitments.”
Blinken said Beijing has “a critical role to play” to persuade North Korea to denuclearize because most of the North’s external trade goes through China.(Reuters Photo)
Blinken said Beijing has “a critical role to play” to persuade North Korea to denuclearize because most of the North’s external trade goes through China.(Reuters Photo)

In Brussels, Blinken offers boost for NATO, cooperation on Afghanistan

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 23, 2021 02:54 PM IST
Speaking on his first visit to NATO headquarters, Blinken said the alliance was at a pivotal moment in facing threats around the world, as well as climate change.
On January 26, violence broke out during the farmer tractor rally on the occasion of Republic Day.(Reuters)
On January 26, violence broke out during the farmer tractor rally on the occasion of Republic Day.(Reuters)

2 US senators say farm laws 'internal Indian policy'

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 19, 2021 11:01 AM IST
Democratic senators Charles Schumer and Bob Menendez in a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote that they condemn the January 26 protests that broke out at the Red Fort adding that the farm laws passed by the Government of India are "internal Indian Policy".
In this file picture from March 6, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) is seen taking part in a photo call wth the participants of the First Short Course for Chief Secretaries of City and County Party Committees in Pyongyang. (AFP)
In this file picture from March 6, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) is seen taking part in a photo call wth the participants of the First Short Course for Chief Secretaries of City and County Party Committees in Pyongyang. (AFP)

US used 'cheap tricks' to initiate contact: North Korea

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 18, 2021 03:59 AM IST
It came as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was visiting South Korea alongside Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, in a first overseas trip by top-level members of Biden's administration.
Austin and Blinken will meet their South Korean counterparts for separate talks Wednesday and a joint “two plus two” meeting Thursday, the first such contact between the two countries in five years. (AFP)
Austin and Blinken will meet their South Korean counterparts for separate talks Wednesday and a joint “two plus two” meeting Thursday, the first such contact between the two countries in five years. (AFP)

US to “refrain from causing stink” amid deadlocked nuclear negotiations

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2021 05:05 PM IST
How to get North Korea to return to talks will be a major focus when Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin meet South Korean officials this week.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is visiting Japan and South Korea along with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in a bid to fortify Washington's alliances in Asia.(AP)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is visiting Japan and South Korea along with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in a bid to fortify Washington's alliances in Asia.(AP)

China acting aggressively, repressively in Asia, says Blinken

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2021 10:18 AM IST
China’s extensive territorial claims in the East and South China Seas have become a priority issue in an increasingly testy Sino-US relationship.
Leader Kim Jong Un turned up the heat on the new administration a few days before Biden was inaugurated by calling the US his “biggest main enemy” and saying he would put North Korea on a path to develop more advanced nuclear technologies and missiles.(REUTERS)
Leader Kim Jong Un turned up the heat on the new administration a few days before Biden was inaugurated by calling the US his “biggest main enemy” and saying he would put North Korea on a path to develop more advanced nuclear technologies and missiles.(REUTERS)

US, on mission to rally Asia against China, distracted by North Korea

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 16, 2021 11:52 AM IST
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, on their first overseas trip since taking office, meet their counterparts from Japan on Tuesday to start a trip that will also take them to South Korea later in the week.
State Secretary Antony Blinken speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington.(AP File Photo )
State Secretary Antony Blinken speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington.(AP File Photo )

In debut overseas trip, Biden's secretary of state visits Japan, Korea

Reuters |
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2021 06:26 AM IST
Blinken and Austin will meet Japan's foreign minister Toshimitsu Motegi and defence minister Nobuo Kishi in what is known as the 2 2 talks.
About 200 opposition activists were detained in Moscow on Saturday, according to a statement from Russia's Ministry of Internal Affairs. The detentions are the latest in a series of crackdowns sustained by members of the opposition following Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny's arrest and imprisonment.(REUTERS)
About 200 opposition activists were detained in Moscow on Saturday, according to a statement from Russia's Ministry of Internal Affairs. The detentions are the latest in a series of crackdowns sustained by members of the opposition following Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny's arrest and imprisonment.(REUTERS)

US calls on Russia to release those detained in Moscow amid pro-Navalny protests

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 14, 2021 09:24 AM IST
Taking to Twitter, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken call for an end to the "persecution of independent voices."
Antony Blinken, US secretary of state at virtual Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) meeting on Friday. (Bloomberg File Photo )
Antony Blinken, US secretary of state at virtual Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) meeting on Friday. (Bloomberg File Photo )

US urges end of 'persecution' after Russia opposition arrests: Blinken

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 14, 2021 06:56 AM IST
Participants from more than 50 of Russia's regions had gathered to discuss parliamentary and local elections in September.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was responding to California Republican Representative Young Kim, who called on the US to include Taiwan in the upcoming Democracy Summit.(Reuters)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was responding to California Republican Representative Young Kim, who called on the US to include Taiwan in the upcoming Democracy Summit.(Reuters)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken refers to Taiwan as 'country'

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 13, 2021 10:21 PM IST
In November, the US and Taiwan signed a blueprint for closer economic ties in Washington.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken(Reuters)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken(Reuters)

Blinken to raise Khalistan issue with Canada during virtual trip

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 02:57 PM IST
The 2018 Public Report on the "Terrorist Threat to Canada" raised serious concerns over the grooming of pro-Khalistani outfits in Canada.
This image grab taken from the United Nations TV channel shows US Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivering a speech via video message during the 46th Regular Session of Human Rights Council on February 24, 2021 in Geneva. - The United States is seeking election to the United Nations Human Rights Council, three years after former president Donald Trump's administration withdrew, the US top diplomat told the rights body. "I'm pleased to announce the United States will seek election to the Human Rights Council for the 2022-24 term" US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the council in a video message. (Photo by Handout / UNITED NATIONS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/ UNITED NATIONS" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS(AFP)
This image grab taken from the United Nations TV channel shows US Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivering a speech via video message during the 46th Regular Session of Human Rights Council on February 24, 2021 in Geneva. - The United States is seeking election to the United Nations Human Rights Council, three years after former president Donald Trump's administration withdrew, the US top diplomat told the rights body. "I'm pleased to announce the United States will seek election to the Human Rights Council for the 2022-24 term" US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the council in a video message. (Photo by Handout / UNITED NATIONS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/ UNITED NATIONS" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS(AFP)

US seeks to return to UN human rights body

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 04:11 PM IST
Under former President Donald Trump, the United States quit the council in June 2018 but the Biden government returned as an observer earlier this month.
Blinken and Momen discussed ways to deepen economic, counterterrorism, and defence cooperation, and work together to address common challenges such as climate change, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said in a readout of the call.(AP)
Blinken and Momen discussed ways to deepen economic, counterterrorism, and defence cooperation, and work together to address common challenges such as climate change, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said in a readout of the call.(AP)

US, Bangladesh to address challenges in S Asia, greater Indo-Pacific region

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 12:41 PM IST
During their call, they discussed Myanmar, a durable solution to the Rohingya refugee crisis, and the importance of respect for labour and human rights.
The four countries agreed on holding ministerial meetings of the Quad at least once a year and meetings at senior and working levels on a regular basis to bolster cooperation on advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific.(FILE PHOTO),
The four countries agreed on holding ministerial meetings of the Quad at least once a year and meetings at senior and working levels on a regular basis to bolster cooperation on advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific.(FILE PHOTO),

Quad meet stresses on rules-based world order, respect for territorial integrity

By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2021 11:29 PM IST
  • This was the third such meeting since the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad was upgraded to the ministerial level in September 2019. It was held less than five months after the last meeting in Tokyo in October, signalling the new US government's commitment to the Quad as a key formation.
The firing of more than a dozen rockets in the northwest of the Kurdish regional capital Arbil on Monday wounded at least 14 people, as well as fatally injuring a contractor working for the US military. (AP)
The firing of more than a dozen rockets in the northwest of the Kurdish regional capital Arbil on Monday wounded at least 14 people, as well as fatally injuring a contractor working for the US military. (AP)

Western allies condemn Iraq rocket attack

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 03:46 PM IST
The barrage of 107 mm rockets the same calibre used in recent attacks in Baghdad was fired late Monday from around eight kilometres (five miles) west of Arbil.
A little-known Shiite militant group calling itself Saraya Awliya al-Dam, Arabic for Guardians of Blood Brigade, claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack.(REUTERS)
A little-known Shiite militant group calling itself Saraya Awliya al-Dam, Arabic for Guardians of Blood Brigade, claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack.(REUTERS)

US-led coalition: No Americans killed in Iraq rocket attack

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 03:47 PM IST
Over a dozen rockets hit areas between the civilian international airport in the city of Irbil in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish-run region and the nearby base hosting US troops late on Monday.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at the State Department. (AP File Photo )
Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at the State Department. (AP File Photo )

After Antony Blinken remarks, Netanyahu says Golan will always be Israel's

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 08:37 PM IST
  • Antony Blinken said on Monday he saw control of the Golan, which overlooks northern Israel and also borders Lebanon and Jordan, as being "of real important to Israel's security" but was circumspect about recognising Israeli sovereignty over the territory.
Recognizing that Human Rights Council is a 'flawed body' the Biden administration recommitted the US to the council.(AP)
Recognizing that Human Rights Council is a 'flawed body' the Biden administration recommitted the US to the council.(AP)

US says returning to "flawed" UN human rights forum

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 08, 2021 06:46 PM IST
Since quitting, the US delegation has attended only reviews to examine the human rights records of all UN member states.
Yang Jiechi, said the US "should rectify its mistakes made over a period of time," in an apparent reference to hard line policies pursued by the Trump administration towards China.(AP)
Yang Jiechi, said the US "should rectify its mistakes made over a period of time," in an apparent reference to hard line policies pursued by the Trump administration towards China.(AP)

China flags Taiwan as core issue, asks US to rectify aggressive policies

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 07:19 PM IST
China resents US support for Taiwan, which Beijing views as a rebel province that must be reunified with the mainland, even by force.
Blinken also pressed China to condemn the military coup in Myanmar, and he reaffirmed that Washington will work with allies to hold China accountable for efforts to threaten stability of Indo-Pacific, including across the Taiwan Strait, the department said in a statement.(REUTERS)
Blinken also pressed China to condemn the military coup in Myanmar, and he reaffirmed that Washington will work with allies to hold China accountable for efforts to threaten stability of Indo-Pacific, including across the Taiwan Strait, the department said in a statement.(REUTERS)

Blinken presses China on Xinjiang, Hong Kong in call with Beijing's top diplomat

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 10:37 AM IST
The relationship between the world's two biggest economies hit its lowest point in decades during the presidency of Donald Trump, and Chinese officials have expressed cautious optimism that it would improve under the administration of Joe Biden.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at the State Department. (AP File Photo )
Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at the State Department. (AP File Photo )

Top diplomats of US, UK, France, Germany hold virtual talks

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 06:45 AM IST
The last time the top foreign affairs officials from the four countries met as a quartet was in April 2018.
Daniel Pearl, who was South Asia bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, was kidnapped and murdered in Karachi in 2002.(Reuters)
Daniel Pearl, who was South Asia bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, was kidnapped and murdered in Karachi in 2002.(Reuters)

Daniel Pearl case: US presses Pakistan for ‘accountability’

By Yashwant Raj
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2021 02:24 AM IST
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday pressed his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi to ensure “accountability” for Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who had been convicted over the killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl
A file photo of Antony Blinken listening to journalists' questions during a news conference in 2015.(REUTERS)
A file photo of Antony Blinken listening to journalists' questions during a news conference in 2015.(REUTERS)

Blinken dials Pak FM Qureshi, seeks accountability in Daniel Pearl's murder case

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 30, 2021 12:54 PM IST
  • A State Department Spokesperson said on Friday that Antony Blinken reinforced America’s concern over Pakistan Supreme Court’s ruling acquitting Pearl’s killers. In a strongly-worded statement, he urged Pakistan to explore all legal options to ensure that the killers of Pearl are brought to justice.
FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo, Tony Blinken speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. Blinken as his secretary of state. President-elect Joe Biden nominated Blinken as his secretary of state. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)(AP)
FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo, Tony Blinken speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. Blinken as his secretary of state. President-elect Joe Biden nominated Blinken as his secretary of state. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)(AP)

Biden admin will engage the world 'as it is', not 'as it was': Antony Blinken

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 06:43 PM IST
Blinken in his prepared testimony to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations ahead of his confirmation hearing also did not rule out a military intervention overseas if the lives of Americans were at stake.
US President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
US President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

US Congress certifies Joe Biden’s win: The who’s who of president-elect’s cabinet

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 12:05 PM IST
The names announced by Biden as nominees for various portfolios will have to be confirmed by the Senate only after which they can officially take charge.
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