Amid Row Over Khalistani Terrorist Murder Plot, Top Biden Aide Meets S Jaishankar

A distinguished national security adviser to President Joe Biden is presently in New Delhi for discussions covering various bilateral issues, including topics related to the purported assassination attempt on a Khalistani terrorist, as declared by the White House. Jon Finer, serving as the Principal Deputy National Security Advisor, led a delegation to New Delhi on December 4 to evaluate the progress in the US-India Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET) alongside India\’s Deputy National Security Advisor Vikram Misri, according to an official statement from the White House.

Emphasizing the iCET\’s significance as a pivotal advancement in the expanding partnership between the US and India, particularly in strategic security and technology cooperation, the White House highlighted Finer\’s participation in bilateral and regional consultations with key figures such as Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra. These deliberations aimed at strengthening coordination and policy alignment across the Indo-Pacific, including the broader Indian Ocean Region.

The discussions encompassed the Middle East, addressing recent attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea and underscoring the necessity to safeguard freedom of commercial navigation. Additionally, the talks covered plans for a post-conflict Gaza and outlined a pathway toward a two-state solution.

The White House recognized India\’s establishment of a Committee of Enquiry to investigate alleged lethal plotting in the United States, underscoring the importance of holding accountable anyone found responsible.

The US State Department also conveyed its appreciation for the Indian government\’s decision to establish a committee to probe allegations of an assassination attempt by a junior Indian official on a Khalistani terrorist in the US. Matthew Miller, a spokesperson for the State Department, communicated that the US government had expressed serious concern about the alleged incident to the highest levels of the Indian government and is awaiting the outcomes of the ongoing investigation.

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