Blinken's remarks came days after US Representative Ilhan Omar questioned the alleged reluctance of the US government to criticize Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government on human rights.
Blinken landed in the Australian city of Melbourne on Wednesday ahead of a meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne as well as their Indian and Japanese counterparts who form the so-called "Quad.”
A new trial against Russian opposition leader Navalny opened on Tuesday at the penal colony where he faces another lengthy prison term, a further step in a yearlong, multi-pronged crackdown on Russia's most ardent Kremlin critic, his allies and other dissenting voices.
The two ministers also shed light on the developments in Ukraine and the importance of working to reach a political settlement to the crisis. The parties also discussed the latest regional and global developments and exchanged views on them.
The list includes President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, White House press secretary Jen Psaki, CIA director William Burns, and – oddly, since she’s out of office – former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the sanctions on Twitter.
"When it comes to the most important element, we see eye-to-eye,” Blinken told reporters at a news conference with Israel's foreign minister. "We are both committed, both determined that Iran will never acquire a nuclear weapon.”
United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and his counterparts, Bahrain’s Abdullatif Bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Egypt’s Sameh Shoukry, Morocco’s Nasser Bourita, Israel’s Yair Lapid and the United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken at Sde Boker,