New Delhi, July 24 -- The rapidly deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and preparations for the first in-person Quad Summit are expected to figure in the agenda for US secretary of state Antony Blinken's maiden visit to India next week.

Blinken, the third senior member of the Biden administration to travel to India after defense secretary Lloyd Austin in March and special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry in April, will meet external affairs minister S Jaishankar, NSA Ajit Doval and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on July 28. His discussions will cover issues such as the continued cooperation on Covid-19 response efforts and Indo-Pacific engagement. P8

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