Jake Sullivan's visit to India is important amid the deteriorating security situation in West Asia

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New Delhi: US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will reach New Delhi on April 17 and is scheduled to hold meetings on April 18. His visit is taking place at a time when the world is witnessing a war-like situation as the Israel-Iran conflict has raised fears of increased violence in the Middle East.

Talking about the significance of the visit, Anil Trigunayat, former Ambassador of India to Libya, Malta, Jordan and distinguished fellow of the prestigious Vivekananda International Foundation and head of their West Asia Expert Group, said, 'I think this visit was planned with little It was made for the time being but obviously its importance has increased further due to the deteriorating security situation in West Asia, which will be a major issue of discussion in the current circumstances.

Trigunayat said, 'There are many other issues including increasing and broadening the US sanctions on Russia which will also impact India. Moreover, India has good relations with both Iran and Russia and perhaps can play a more active role. Efforts can be made to reduce further stress. Bilateral relations with America are better for such purposes.

During his visit, Sullivan will discuss Indo-Pacific technology cooperation and meet his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval for the annual review meeting of the Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technologies (iCET), which was postponed in February. He will also meet other leaders to take India-US relations to the next level.

Recently, during a press briefing at the White House, Sullivan had said that the partnership between India and America has reached new heights with cooperation in technology and other areas. Sullivan said, 'The partnership between America and India has reached new heights in technology, security and many other dimensions.

Sullivan was responding to questions on the decline in US leadership in the world with Iran, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Ethiopia joining BRICS and Saudi Arabia considering becoming a part of it. Sullivan said, 'I think if you look at America's role and its relationships in key areas of the world, we feel very good about where we are.'

Meanwhile, President Biden met with his national security team on Sunday and monitored the situation in the Middle East ahead of the feared Iranian attack against Israel. On the other hand, India has called for immediate reduction of the Iran-Israel conflict. Emphasized the need to exercise restraint, step back from violence and return to the path of diplomacy.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement, 'We are seriously concerned by the increasing hostility between Israel and Iran, which threatens peace and security in the region.' The Foreign Ministry said, 'We call for immediate de-escalation, restraint, retreat from violence and return to the path of diplomacy. We are closely monitoring the evolving situation.

Our embassies are in close contact with the Indian community in the region. The statement said that it is important that security and stability is maintained in the region. Tehran has launched a drone and missile attack on Tel Aviv after vowing to avenge the attack on its consulate building in Damascus, Syria.

Earlier, reacting to the development, US President Joe Biden supported Israel against Iranian attacks. He chaired an urgent meeting with his top officials on the rising tensions in the Middle East. In view of the situation, India issued an advisory urging all Indians not to travel to Iran or Israel until further notice.

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