US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Defence Mark Esper will arrive in India for the third India-US 2+2 ministerial dialogue on Tuesday that focuses on a Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership and expansion in cooperation to promote stability and prosperity in the India-Pacific and the world.
Secretary Pompeo along with Defense Secretary Esper will meet with Prime Minister Modi to discuss ways in which we can advance the U.S.-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership.
The Indian side will be represented by the Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar and Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The holding of the third US-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue demonstrates the high-level commitment the two countries provide to shared diplomatic and security objectives, US State Department said on Sunday.
Wheels up for my trip to India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Indonesia. Grateful for the opportunity to connect with our partners to promote a shared vision for a free and open #IndoPacific composed of independent, strong, and prosperous nations. pic.twitter.com/IoaJvtsHZC
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) October 25, 2020
Taking to Twitter, Pompeo said, “Wheels up for my trip to India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Indonesia. Grateful for the opportunity to connect with our partners to promote a shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific composed of independent, strong, and prosperous nations.”
“Looking at our relationship with India, the pace and scope of our cooperation with India continues to accelerate. Indeed, we have an outstanding opportunity to strengthen the U.S.-India relationship, which is vital to security and stability both in the region and in the world,” US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Dean R. Thompson, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs said.
“The 2+2 format is reserved for our closest friends and partners and reflects our belief that the United States and India are stronger, more secure, and more prosperous when we work together.
The 2+2 discussions will focus on global cooperation, on pandemic response, and challenges in the Indo-Pacific: economic space and energy collaboration, people-to-people ties, and defense and security cooperation. In all of his meetings, the Secretary will look for opportunities to expand the U.S.-India partnership in support of our mutual interests during these challenging times,” Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Dean R. Thompson, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs said.
The first two 2+2 Ministerial dialogues had been held in New Delhi in September 2018 and Washington DC in 2019.
(With ANI Inputs)