4th U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue: Heat on India over Russian oil imports & human rights

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken holds a joint press availability with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Indian Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar, and Indian Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh at the Department of State in Washington, D.C., on April 11, 2022. [State Department photo by Freddie Everett/ Public Domain]
 The fourth U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in Washington D.C. on April 11, 2022 saw  continued U.S. pressure on India over its purchases of Russian oil, earlier raised by President Baiden in his virtual summit with PM Modi.

Answering to a journalists question Indian Foreign Minister Dr, S. Jaishankar said, ”  If you are looking at energy purchases from Russia, I would suggest that your attention should be focused on Europe, which probably we do buy some energy which is necessary for our energy security.  But I suspect, looking at the figures, probably our total purchases for the month would be less than what Europe does in an afternoon.  So you might want to think about that.”

On Human rights Secretary Blinkin said, ” We also share a commitment to our democratic values, such as protecting human rights.  We regularly engage with our Indian partners on these shared values, and to that end we’re monitoring some recent concerning developments in India, including a rise in human rights abuses by some government, police, and prison officials.”

There was no Indian response to the human rights issue. Many other pressing issues including the COVID-19 Pandemic, ASEAN, Ukraine, Indo-Pacific, trade, among others were discussed.

Read below full texts of the media availability & 2+2 dialogue Media Note:

FULL MEDIA AVAILABILITY TEXT

FOURTH ANNUAL U.S.-INDIA 2+2 MINISTERIAL DIALOGUE Media Note

By SAT News Desk

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