External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met US secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Monday during “2+2” ministerial dialogue. In the meeting, some of the key issues were discussed including defense strategies, energy, bilateral ties, and global issues. A follow up was also done on their Tokyo discussion.
Both the leaders reviewed progress in bilateral ties over the last four years between the two countries and stressed that they have grown together in every domain including trade, energy, defense, and education.
The External Affairs Minister stressed upon the uniqueness of India’s technology and talent flow. He also underlined that a knowledge economy with greater data sensitivity makes an even stronger case for collaboration with the US, sources said.
“An innovation partnership is central to our future and our policies must be accordingly supportive. Education is a special bond between us and both sides should work to expand it further.” sources said on EAM’s discussion with Mr. Pompeo.
The meeting involved exchanging views on the current global situation and its contemporary challenges, both the leaders also discussed their shared concerns and interests including stability and security in Asia. They also followed up on India-US’s Indo-Pacific engagement and the Quad deliberations. Maritime security, counter-terrorism, open connectivity, and resilient supply chains were also part of their discussion, our sources informed.
Mike Pompeo also deliberated with Mr. Jaishankar on the US administration’s thoughts on Afghanistan, on the other hand, the External affairs minister highlighted India’s stakes and its continuing concern that decisions should be made by Afghans themselves without the use of force.
Mr.Jaishankar also made it clear that cross-border terrorism was completely unacceptable.
By the end of the meeting, both the Ministers also discussed multilateral consultations and cooperation in the context of India’s forthcoming UNSC membership. Apart from these other specific issues will be taken up in the 2+2 meet tomorrow.
India and the United States will hold the 2+2 ministerial meeting on Tuesday and sign the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial Cooperation (BECA) with the American side welcoming the inclusion of Australia into the Malabar war games to be held next month near Indian waters.
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