The trip, which will take place from March 14-18, could determine if further overseas travel is deemed safe for Biden officials, explained the State Department official.
The Covid-19 pandemic has complicated the Biden administration’s goal of putting diplomacy first and reengaging with allies. Both Blinken and Austin have had made an extensive number of phone calls with their counterparts overseas, but they have not been able to conduct in-person meetings.
State Department spokesperson Ned Price said he could not confirm any travel plans during Thursday’s press briefing and the Pentagon declined to comment.
During their trip Blinken and Austin are